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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : sgr|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 1200|
agl bound upper : 1200
|Controlling Facilities||tower : sgr|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 210|
flight time total : 15000
flight time type : 400
|Function||oversight : airport manager|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Chart Or Publication|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
VFR flight in local area, as many times before. Overflew sgr at 1200 ft AGL (actually 3 NM west) as many times before. Using LORAN to stay out of class B airspace and houston current VFR terminal for dead reckoning. Later, talking with friends, I was told sgr has a tower, ie, class D airspace. The current houston VFR terminal does not show class D -- (chart title, example of D 'kdwh' and depiction of sgr included). Note class D very prominent at dwh including altitudes and frequencys -- nothing over sgr. FSS NOTAMS for flight between dwh and efo did not include description of added airspace! I was fully prepared -- current chart, current NOTAMS, and familiar with area -- lived there 18 yrs. If I was this prepared and didn't know, how would anyone else know sgr is now class D airspace? Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: airport manager stated a control tower was commissioned at sgr the later part of june. NOTAM was issued. Airspace designation by FAA is class G airspace. Information about control tower was not submitted in a timely manner so as to be included in the airport facility directory for july or the sectional charts. Information about tower was published in september airport facility directory and NOTAM was canceled. Manager stated it would take 2 yrs to get airspace designated class D airspace.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA UNAUTH PENETRATION OF CLASS G AIRSPACE WITH OPERATING CTL TWR. VIOLATION OF FAR 91 PT 126.
Narrative: VFR FLT IN LCL AREA, AS MANY TIMES BEFORE. OVERFLEW SGR AT 1200 FT AGL (ACTUALLY 3 NM W) AS MANY TIMES BEFORE. USING LORAN TO STAY OUT OF CLASS B AIRSPACE AND HOUSTON CURRENT VFR TERMINAL FOR DEAD RECKONING. LATER, TALKING WITH FRIENDS, I WAS TOLD SGR HAS A TWR, IE, CLASS D AIRSPACE. THE CURRENT HOUSTON VFR TERMINAL DOES NOT SHOW CLASS D -- (CHART TITLE, EXAMPLE OF D 'KDWH' AND DEPICTION OF SGR INCLUDED). NOTE CLASS D VERY PROMINENT AT DWH INCLUDING ALTS AND FREQS -- NOTHING OVER SGR. FSS NOTAMS FOR FLT BTWN DWH AND EFO DID NOT INCLUDE DESCRIPTION OF ADDED AIRSPACE! I WAS FULLY PREPARED -- CURRENT CHART, CURRENT NOTAMS, AND FAMILIAR WITH AREA -- LIVED THERE 18 YRS. IF I WAS THIS PREPARED AND DIDN'T KNOW, HOW WOULD ANYONE ELSE KNOW SGR IS NOW CLASS D AIRSPACE? CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: ARPT MGR STATED A CTL TWR WAS COMMISSIONED AT SGR THE LATER PART OF JUNE. NOTAM WAS ISSUED. AIRSPACE DESIGNATION BY FAA IS CLASS G AIRSPACE. INFO ABOUT CTL TWR WAS NOT SUBMITTED IN A TIMELY MANNER SO AS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE ARPT FACILITY DIRECTORY FOR JULY OR THE SECTIONAL CHARTS. INFO ABOUT TWR WAS PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER ARPT FACILITY DIRECTORY AND NOTAM WAS CANCELED. MGR STATED IT WOULD TAKE 2 YRS TO GET AIRSPACE DESIGNATED CLASS D AIRSPACE.
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.