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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : cnw|
airport : act
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1200|
msl bound upper : 1200
|Controlling Facilities||tower : act|
|Make Model Name||Helicopter|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 3100
flight time type : 2400
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
non adherence : published procedure
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Problem: restr airspace in the waco, tx, area. On mar/sun/93 a situation arose where a 5 mi radius restr area was put into effect. During the first 3 days of flying all helicopters were working with approach control at waco regional. Anytime we would lift off, approach would automatically give each aircraft a code. This was setting a precedent that should have continued. This is what we were becoming used to. On wed, the note that the tower was taking a lot of heat and people involved on the ground were not too happy with the press, I took off and assumed I would get a code, but instead tower asked if I wanted flight following or VFR flight. When tower asked this, I thought that maybe they didn't want to control us because we have all been there a few days and were used to the restr area. By the time they asked, I was already close to tstc tower, still thinking that waco regional would still control me. The night before, when talking to the tower, I asked why regional controled the airspace around tstc, and was told that tstc was a NFCT and they controled that airspace. Anyway, back to this story. I made a southwest turn and flew the same route that I've been flying for 3 days and tower said to call when I landed. During the rest of the day, many conversations were had with approach control about the changes that were being made even as we flew. We don't mind obeying the rules, just don't change them on us and then try to get us in trouble. If this raid by the atf would have been pulled off and they looked good, the press would have been welcomed with open arms. On the most part, waco approach did a great job. I realize that approach didn't have to control us at all, but they were and set a precedent. They should have stayed with the same game plan. We really only had 1 day that was a little confusing. I know I am putting some personal feeling down here but I take my job and flying seriously.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PRESS HELI PENETRATES TEMPORARY RESTR AREA.
Narrative: PROB: RESTR AIRSPACE IN THE WACO, TX, AREA. ON MAR/SUN/93 A SIT AROSE WHERE A 5 MI RADIUS RESTR AREA WAS PUT INTO EFFECT. DURING THE FIRST 3 DAYS OF FLYING ALL HELIS WERE WORKING WITH APCH CTL AT WACO REGIONAL. ANYTIME WE WOULD LIFT OFF, APCH WOULD AUTOMATICALLY GIVE EACH ACFT A CODE. THIS WAS SETTING A PRECEDENT THAT SHOULD HAVE CONTINUED. THIS IS WHAT WE WERE BECOMING USED TO. ON WED, THE NOTE THAT THE TWR WAS TAKING A LOT OF HEAT AND PEOPLE INVOLVED ON THE GND WERE NOT TOO HAPPY WITH THE PRESS, I TOOK OFF AND ASSUMED I WOULD GET A CODE, BUT INSTEAD TWR ASKED IF I WANTED FLT FOLLOWING OR VFR FLT. WHEN TWR ASKED THIS, I THOUGHT THAT MAYBE THEY DIDN'T WANT TO CTL US BECAUSE WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE A FEW DAYS AND WERE USED TO THE RESTR AREA. BY THE TIME THEY ASKED, I WAS ALREADY CLOSE TO TSTC TWR, STILL THINKING THAT WACO REGIONAL WOULD STILL CTL ME. THE NIGHT BEFORE, WHEN TALKING TO THE TWR, I ASKED WHY REGIONAL CTLED THE AIRSPACE AROUND TSTC, AND WAS TOLD THAT TSTC WAS A NFCT AND THEY CTLED THAT AIRSPACE. ANYWAY, BACK TO THIS STORY. I MADE A SW TURN AND FLEW THE SAME RTE THAT I'VE BEEN FLYING FOR 3 DAYS AND TWR SAID TO CALL WHEN I LANDED. DURING THE REST OF THE DAY, MANY CONVERSATIONS WERE HAD WITH APCH CTL ABOUT THE CHANGES THAT WERE BEING MADE EVEN AS WE FLEW. WE DON'T MIND OBEYING THE RULES, JUST DON'T CHANGE THEM ON US AND THEN TRY TO GET US IN TROUBLE. IF THIS RAID BY THE ATF WOULD HAVE BEEN PULLED OFF AND THEY LOOKED GOOD, THE PRESS WOULD HAVE BEEN WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS. ON THE MOST PART, WACO APCH DID A GREAT JOB. I REALIZE THAT APCH DIDN'T HAVE TO CTL US AT ALL, BUT THEY WERE AND SET A PRECEDENT. THEY SHOULD HAVE STAYED WITH THE SAME GAME PLAN. WE REALLY ONLY HAD 1 DAY THAT WAS A LITTLE CONFUSING. I KNOW I AM PUTTING SOME PERSONAL FEELING DOWN HERE BUT I TAKE MY JOB AND FLYING SERIOUSLY.
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.