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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : jkl|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Baron 55/Cochise|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||other other : other|
pilot : instrument
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 2700
flight time type : 1200
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||procedure or policy : unspecified|
Upon arriving at the airport, I observed 2 individuals operating radio controled aircraft at the center of runway 1/19 and the adjacent ramp area. The radio controled aircraft was performing aerial acrobatics over the runway and over the ramp area as well as over parked GA aircraft. I would think this to be a terribly hazardous situation for both air traffic as well as the aircraft on the ground in the vicinity of the acrobatics. I use this airport frequently and don't cherish the thought of either a mid-air or and air-to-ground collision with a radio controled aircraft. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions. And, yes, I have already suggested to these fellows that what they are doing is not a good idea without success. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: reporter stated that when he started his aircraft and taxied for takeoff the model airplane operators landed their airplanes on the runway and taxied them into the ramp area. Even though they had stopped their operations, he felt that they were certainly a hazard to the parked aircraft in case of loss of control. Furthermore, they do stop when an aircraft approachs for landing, but the operators can usually not hear the unicom due to the noise of the model airplanes. He and other pilots have mentioned the possible hazard to the modelers with no apparent success. He also believes that the airport has a city or county airport board of directors but has had no contact with them regarding this matter.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT RPTS MODEL AIRPLANE OPS OVER THE RWY AND PARKED ACFT RAMP AREA AT AN UNCTLED ARPT.
Narrative: UPON ARRIVING AT THE ARPT, I OBSERVED 2 INDIVIDUALS OPERATING RADIO CTLED ACFT AT THE CTR OF RWY 1/19 AND THE ADJACENT RAMP AREA. THE RADIO CTLED ACFT WAS PERFORMING AERIAL ACROBATICS OVER THE RWY AND OVER THE RAMP AREA AS WELL AS OVER PARKED GA ACFT. I WOULD THINK THIS TO BE A TERRIBLY HAZARDOUS SIT FOR BOTH AIR TFC AS WELL AS THE ACFT ON THE GND IN THE VICINITY OF THE ACROBATICS. I USE THIS ARPT FREQUENTLY AND DON'T CHERISH THE THOUGHT OF EITHER A MID-AIR OR AND AIR-TO-GND COLLISION WITH A RADIO CTLED ACFT. DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS OR SUGGESTIONS. AND, YES, I HAVE ALREADY SUGGESTED TO THESE FELLOWS THAT WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS NOT A GOOD IDEA WITHOUT SUCCESS. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: RPTR STATED THAT WHEN HE STARTED HIS ACFT AND TAXIED FOR TKOF THE MODEL AIRPLANE OPERATORS LANDED THEIR AIRPLANES ON THE RWY AND TAXIED THEM INTO THE RAMP AREA. EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD STOPPED THEIR OPS, HE FELT THAT THEY WERE CERTAINLY A HAZARD TO THE PARKED ACFT IN CASE OF LOSS OF CTL. FURTHERMORE, THEY DO STOP WHEN AN ACFT APCHS FOR LNDG, BUT THE OPERATORS CAN USUALLY NOT HEAR THE UNICOM DUE TO THE NOISE OF THE MODEL AIRPLANES. HE AND OTHER PLTS HAVE MENTIONED THE POSSIBLE HAZARD TO THE MODELERS WITH NO APPARENT SUCCESS. HE ALSO BELIEVES THAT THE ARPT HAS A CITY OR COUNTY ARPT BOARD OF DIRECTORS BUT HAS HAD NO CONTACT WITH THEM REGARDING THIS MATTER.
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.