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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : sjc|
airport : pao
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 5800|
msl bound upper : 6000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : oak|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Flight Phase||descent other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 25|
flight time total : 1500
flight time type : 800
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||altitude deviation : excursion from assigned altitude|
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||atc equipment other atc equipment : unspecified|
other flight crewa
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : returned to intended course or assigned course|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
On an IFR flight plan to pao (it has no approach but is usually covered with the bay stratus in the spring and summer). I usually shoot the approach at san jose to get under the stratus (tops usually 2500-3000 ft and bases at 1000-1100 ft) and the continue RNAV or vectors to pao. This has worked for yrs. The wind is usually from the northwest and favors the ILS for runway 30. On this date however the wind was from the southeast and runway 12 ILS was in use. Bay approach (135.4) handed me off to south bay sector frequency 120.1 about 12 mi from san jose and I was late in getting current ATIS and assumed it would be ILS runway 30. Before contacting 120.1 I obtained the ATIS and in my rush to set up for the ILS runway 12 I dropped from assigned 6000 ft to 5840 ft. As I checked in with 120.1 I then noted the 5840 and reported level 5800 ft. The controller asked my assigned altitude and I stated 6000 ft rapidly returning to 6000 ft. There was no conflicting traffic and visibility was unlimited above the rapidly breaking lower overcast. I was able to fly to the west side of the south bay and proceed VFR to pao. The controller continued to provide VFR advisories. I felt I should have obtained the ATIS much earlier instead of making the incorrect assumption on the 'usual' approach. I also should have used the altitude hold on the autoplt (it was on heading 'bug' but not altitude hold). One subtle influence -- the IRS and I are 'discussing' my flying -- they agree with the business use but are disallowing 'IFR practice.' I usually fly practice approachs 2 hours per month but have backed off to the min for currency till the appeals have been completed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PVT PLT OF SMA ACFT OVERSHOT ALT DURING DSCNT DUE TO CONTEMPLATING A USUAL CLRNC AND BEING DISTR BY AN UNEXPECTED CLRNC.
Narrative: ON AN IFR FLT PLAN TO PAO (IT HAS NO APCH BUT IS USUALLY COVERED WITH THE BAY STRATUS IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER). I USUALLY SHOOT THE APCH AT SAN JOSE TO GET UNDER THE STRATUS (TOPS USUALLY 2500-3000 FT AND BASES AT 1000-1100 FT) AND THE CONTINUE RNAV OR VECTORS TO PAO. THIS HAS WORKED FOR YRS. THE WIND IS USUALLY FROM THE NW AND FAVORS THE ILS FOR RWY 30. ON THIS DATE HOWEVER THE WIND WAS FROM THE SE AND RWY 12 ILS WAS IN USE. BAY APCH (135.4) HANDED ME OFF TO S BAY SECTOR FREQ 120.1 ABOUT 12 MI FROM SAN JOSE AND I WAS LATE IN GETTING CURRENT ATIS AND ASSUMED IT WOULD BE ILS RWY 30. BEFORE CONTACTING 120.1 I OBTAINED THE ATIS AND IN MY RUSH TO SET UP FOR THE ILS RWY 12 I DROPPED FROM ASSIGNED 6000 FT TO 5840 FT. AS I CHKED IN WITH 120.1 I THEN NOTED THE 5840 AND RPTED LEVEL 5800 FT. THE CTLR ASKED MY ASSIGNED ALT AND I STATED 6000 FT RAPIDLY RETURNING TO 6000 FT. THERE WAS NO CONFLICTING TFC AND VISIBILITY WAS UNLIMITED ABOVE THE RAPIDLY BREAKING LOWER OVERCAST. I WAS ABLE TO FLY TO THE W SIDE OF THE S BAY AND PROCEED VFR TO PAO. THE CTLR CONTINUED TO PROVIDE VFR ADVISORIES. I FELT I SHOULD HAVE OBTAINED THE ATIS MUCH EARLIER INSTEAD OF MAKING THE INCORRECT ASSUMPTION ON THE 'USUAL' APCH. I ALSO SHOULD HAVE USED THE ALT HOLD ON THE AUTOPLT (IT WAS ON HDG 'BUG' BUT NOT ALT HOLD). ONE SUBTLE INFLUENCE -- THE IRS AND I ARE 'DISCUSSING' MY FLYING -- THEY AGREE WITH THE BUSINESS USE BUT ARE DISALLOWING 'IFR PRACTICE.' I USUALLY FLY PRACTICE APCHS 2 HRS PER MONTH BUT HAVE BACKED OFF TO THE MIN FOR CURRENCY TILL THE APPEALS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.