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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : spg|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Skyhawk 172/Cutlass 172|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 12|
flight time total : 91
flight time type : 25
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
non adherence : clearance
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
After several 'for the option' lndgs, I requested a full stop. During the rollout I received a 'turn right at next intersection and taxi back' from the tower. I was surprised that I was not switched over to ground as the tower and pattern was quite busy. (It is common practice at the field to remain on the tower frequency when taxiing back.) in hindsight I could have broken the 'error' chain at this point. I answered the tower with 'taxi back,' trying to keep the frequency clear. Just before I reached the fuel pump the tower asked if I had taxied to the ramp. I replied that I was about to shut down. The tower said 'ok, just let me know next time.' I replied that he had authorized me to taxi back to the ramp. The tower then contacted another aircraft and after waiting a couple of mins, with a clear frequency, I shut down. The pattern was rather busy that day and the controller had his hands full. I was trying to help by keeping my requests and responses short. However, in the future I will be very specific, ie, responding 'taxi back to XXX ramp.' I use this procedure in takeoff requests and clearance. (Responding with runway number even if the controller did not specify).
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: THE RPTR MISINTERPRETED 'TAXI BACK' TO MEAN 'TAXI BACK TO THE RAMP.'
Narrative: AFTER SEVERAL 'FOR THE OPTION' LNDGS, I REQUESTED A FULL STOP. DURING THE ROLLOUT I RECEIVED A 'TURN R AT NEXT INTXN AND TAXI BACK' FROM THE TWR. I WAS SURPRISED THAT I WAS NOT SWITCHED OVER TO GND AS THE TWR AND PATTERN WAS QUITE BUSY. (IT IS COMMON PRACTICE AT THE FIELD TO REMAIN ON THE TWR FREQ WHEN TAXIING BACK.) IN HINDSIGHT I COULD HAVE BROKEN THE 'ERROR' CHAIN AT THIS POINT. I ANSWERED THE TWR WITH 'TAXI BACK,' TRYING TO KEEP THE FREQ CLR. JUST BEFORE I REACHED THE FUEL PUMP THE TWR ASKED IF I HAD TAXIED TO THE RAMP. I REPLIED THAT I WAS ABOUT TO SHUT DOWN. THE TWR SAID 'OK, JUST LET ME KNOW NEXT TIME.' I REPLIED THAT HE HAD AUTHORIZED ME TO TAXI BACK TO THE RAMP. THE TWR THEN CONTACTED ANOTHER ACFT AND AFTER WAITING A COUPLE OF MINS, WITH A CLR FREQ, I SHUT DOWN. THE PATTERN WAS RATHER BUSY THAT DAY AND THE CTLR HAD HIS HANDS FULL. I WAS TRYING TO HELP BY KEEPING MY REQUESTS AND RESPONSES SHORT. HOWEVER, IN THE FUTURE I WILL BE VERY SPECIFIC, IE, RESPONDING 'TAXI BACK TO XXX RAMP.' I USE THIS PROC IN TKOF REQUESTS AND CLRNC. (RESPONDING WITH RWY NUMBER EVEN IF THE CTLR DID NOT SPECIFY).
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.