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|Local Time Of Day||0001 To 0600|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 1400|
agl bound upper : 1400
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : zzz|
|Make Model Name||Helicopter|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : instrument
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 25|
flight time total : 8000
flight time type : 750
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : unspecified|
At XC27 local time, a request came in to pick up a medical team from hospital X approximately 4 NM northwest of ZZZ airport and fly them to hospital in abc. Our helicopter is EMS equipped based 4 NM south of ZZZ airport at the university. I called a private WX service for my preflight briefing. WX was good for the flight and no NOTAMS were given by the briefer. We departed the university at XC54 local, flying north over ZZZ airport, climbing to 1400 ft MSL, and turned northwest as we got just north of downtown. We then landed at hospital X approximately 4 NM northwest of ZZZ airport. After loading X's medical team, we departed at XD10 local time, flew the reverse route sbound over ZZZ airport, then direct to hospital. At XD59 we departed. Hospital Y with a 9 month old patient headed for hospital X. I was monitoring xyz airport tower frequency as we approached ZZZ airport around XD19 local time and first learned of the presidential airspace restr. Coordinated through approach control and we were allowed to land the patient at hospital X 4 NM northwest of airport. Once at X, I shut down and phoned approach control via telephone and explained the situation. I spoke with operator Z and was allowed to depart X hospital going directly to xyz airport for fuel. The prohibited area was a 1.5 NM radius circle centered at 23 NM from the ZZZ VOR on the 352 degrees radial from the ground up to 1500 ft AGL. I had flown through it, at 1400 ft MSL, both approaching and then departing hospital X around XD00 local time as explained above.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN EMS HELI PLT FLEW THROUGH A PRESIDENTIAL PROHIBITED AREA.
Narrative: AT XC27 LCL TIME, A REQUEST CAME IN TO PICK UP A MEDICAL TEAM FROM HOSPITAL X APPROX 4 NM NW OF ZZZ ARPT AND FLY THEM TO HOSPITAL IN ABC. OUR HELI IS EMS EQUIPPED BASED 4 NM S OF ZZZ ARPT AT THE UNIVERSITY. I CALLED A PVT WX SVC FOR MY PREFLT BRIEFING. WX WAS GOOD FOR THE FLT AND NO NOTAMS WERE GIVEN BY THE BRIEFER. WE DEPARTED THE UNIVERSITY AT XC54 LCL, FLYING N OVER ZZZ ARPT, CLBING TO 1400 FT MSL, AND TURNED NW AS WE GOT JUST N OF DOWNTOWN. WE THEN LANDED AT HOSPITAL X APPROX 4 NM NW OF ZZZ ARPT. AFTER LOADING X'S MEDICAL TEAM, WE DEPARTED AT XD10 LCL TIME, FLEW THE REVERSE RTE SBOUND OVER ZZZ ARPT, THEN DIRECT TO HOSPITAL. AT XD59 WE DEPARTED. HOSPITAL Y WITH A 9 MONTH OLD PATIENT HEADED FOR HOSPITAL X. I WAS MONITORING XYZ ARPT TWR FREQ AS WE APCHED ZZZ ARPT AROUND XD19 LCL TIME AND FIRST LEARNED OF THE PRESIDENTIAL AIRSPACE RESTR. COORDINATED THROUGH APCH CTL AND WE WERE ALLOWED TO LAND THE PATIENT AT HOSPITAL X 4 NM NW OF ARPT. ONCE AT X, I SHUT DOWN AND PHONED APCH CTL VIA TELEPHONE AND EXPLAINED THE SIT. I SPOKE WITH OPERATOR Z AND WAS ALLOWED TO DEPART X HOSPITAL GOING DIRECTLY TO XYZ ARPT FOR FUEL. THE PROHIBITED AREA WAS A 1.5 NM RADIUS CIRCLE CTRED AT 23 NM FROM THE ZZZ VOR ON THE 352 DEGS RADIAL FROM THE GND UP TO 1500 FT AGL. I HAD FLOWN THROUGH IT, AT 1400 FT MSL, BOTH APCHING AND THEN DEPARTING HOSPITAL X AROUND XD00 LCL TIME AS EXPLAINED ABOVE.
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.