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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : phx|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 1600
flight time type : 300
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
While maneuvering my aircraft around in a tie-down area, my wing tip put a dent in a parked aircraft's wing. Fortunately the damage to both aircraft was minor and was not an accident. One contributing factor to this event was that I allowed myself to be distracted by a passenger. As proven here, taxiing is just as important a phase of flying as being airborne and requires our fullest attention, especially taxiing around parking areas. I suppose you could say this was an inexpensive lesson momentarily, but the greater damage was to my pride having to tell the other aircraft owner what I had done and to myself for not being more careful. From that respect, in pride damage it will be a lesson remembered.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: TAXIING IN TIE-DOWN AREA, HIT PARKED ACFT.
Narrative: WHILE MANEUVERING MY ACFT AROUND IN A TIE-DOWN AREA, MY WING TIP PUT A DENT IN A PARKED ACFT'S WING. FORTUNATELY THE DAMAGE TO BOTH ACFT WAS MINOR AND WAS NOT AN ACCIDENT. ONE CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THIS EVENT WAS THAT I ALLOWED MYSELF TO BE DISTRACTED BY A PAX. AS PROVEN HERE, TAXIING IS JUST AS IMPORTANT A PHASE OF FLYING AS BEING AIRBORNE AND REQUIRES OUR FULLEST ATTN, ESPECIALLY TAXIING AROUND PARKING AREAS. I SUPPOSE YOU COULD SAY THIS WAS AN INEXPENSIVE LESSON MOMENTARILY, BUT THE GREATER DAMAGE WAS TO MY PRIDE HAVING TO TELL THE OTHER ACFT OWNER WHAT I HAD DONE AND TO MYSELF FOR NOT BEING MORE CAREFUL. FROM THAT RESPECT, IN PRIDE DAMAGE IT WILL BE A LESSON REMEMBERED.
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.