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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : aus|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 63|
flight time total : 4930
flight time type : 3400
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
On apr/wed/96 at approximately XA30 am, I filed an IFR flight plan from austin mueller to canadian, tx, my home base. I loaded the plane and started the engine. I could not get my radios to work properly. I had an annual done at houston hobby during march, at which time I had radio work done to correct intermittent receiving and transmitting. I thought I was having a recurring problem. I was able to get avionics maintenance on multicom 122.95. I was directed to avionics. I walked in to speak to the manager, who followed me to the plane. Once in the plane, I recognized that I had tuned the wrong frequency and the radios were ok. The manager was in the plane less than a min. In addition to V-8 juice, coke, water, lemonade and snacks, I carry alcohol for passenger consumption only. The plane is not equipped with an enclosed bar cabinet, so the bottles of alcohol are in plain sight. I flew without incident on my IFR flight plan to canadian, tx, where I was met on deplaning by a dps trooper. I was accused of flying while intoxicated. The officer had other misinfo including the allegation that I had not filled the plane and might run out of gas. I had left austin for the 3 hour flight with full tanks. The avionics manager obviously assumed that I was consuming the alcohol he saw. To prevent future misinterp, I will place any and all alcohol for passenger consumption in an enclosed carryon bag.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: THE RPTR HAD ALCOHOL IN THE CABIN OF HIS AIRPLANE. AN OBSERVER CONCLUDED THE RPTR WAS DRINKING WHILE FLYING AND NOTIFIED THE AUTHS TO MEET HIM ON ARR AT HIS DEST.
Narrative: ON APR/WED/96 AT APPROX XA30 AM, I FILED AN IFR FLT PLAN FROM AUSTIN MUELLER TO CANADIAN, TX, MY HOME BASE. I LOADED THE PLANE AND STARTED THE ENG. I COULD NOT GET MY RADIOS TO WORK PROPERLY. I HAD AN ANNUAL DONE AT HOUSTON HOBBY DURING MARCH, AT WHICH TIME I HAD RADIO WORK DONE TO CORRECT INTERMITTENT RECEIVING AND XMITTING. I THOUGHT I WAS HAVING A RECURRING PROB. I WAS ABLE TO GET AVIONICS MAINT ON MULTICOM 122.95. I WAS DIRECTED TO AVIONICS. I WALKED IN TO SPEAK TO THE MGR, WHO FOLLOWED ME TO THE PLANE. ONCE IN THE PLANE, I RECOGNIZED THAT I HAD TUNED THE WRONG FREQ AND THE RADIOS WERE OK. THE MGR WAS IN THE PLANE LESS THAN A MIN. IN ADDITION TO V-8 JUICE, COKE, WATER, LEMONADE AND SNACKS, I CARRY ALCOHOL FOR PAX CONSUMPTION ONLY. THE PLANE IS NOT EQUIPPED WITH AN ENCLOSED BAR CABINET, SO THE BOTTLES OF ALCOHOL ARE IN PLAIN SIGHT. I FLEW WITHOUT INCIDENT ON MY IFR FLT PLAN TO CANADIAN, TX, WHERE I WAS MET ON DEPLANING BY A DPS TROOPER. I WAS ACCUSED OF FLYING WHILE INTOXICATED. THE OFFICER HAD OTHER MISINFO INCLUDING THE ALLEGATION THAT I HAD NOT FILLED THE PLANE AND MIGHT RUN OUT OF GAS. I HAD LEFT AUSTIN FOR THE 3 HR FLT WITH FULL TANKS. THE AVIONICS MGR OBVIOUSLY ASSUMED THAT I WAS CONSUMING THE ALCOHOL HE SAW. TO PREVENT FUTURE MISINTERP, I WILL PLACE ANY AND ALL ALCOHOL FOR PAX CONSUMPTION IN AN ENCLOSED CARRYON BAG.
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.