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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : vny|
airport : whp
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3500|
msl bound upper : 4000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : bur|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 31|
flight time total : 898
flight time type : 820
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||altitude deviation : excursion from assigned altitude|
non adherence : clearance
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Flight plan was to vny VOR then to whp. 2000 ft stratus ceilings east 1 1/2 mi visibility light to some moderate turbulence over mountains to the north on descent. Inexperienced front seat passenger became nauseated. Plane had no autoplt or heading hold. Single pilot IFR. Vectored to final. Had practiced approach night before on computer (ift-pro). I have no experience in los angeles -- did not know airport. After vectoring to final approach course flew through the course 3 times -- had to be revectored out each time. Thought I had to do the procedure turn and could not understand why ATC was setting me up at such a weird angle to do the turn. ATC got mad after the third time -- my apprehensive passenger got worse. I asked about the procedure turn. Once this was figured out, did approach and landed whp fine. In this process, I blew the altitudes twice. I can IFR current. Conclusion: 1) one person can handle only a limited number of things. 2) I got overloaded and fixated on how I flew the approach the night before, this included the procedure turn. 3) ATC by acting frustrated made the situation worse. (I should not allow this to happen.) 4) this was a simple approach that should not have been any problem. There are no simple approachs.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: THE RPTR HAD TO BE REVECTORED THREE TIMES OUT ON A VOR-A APCH TO WHITEMAN AND DEVIATED FROM HIS ALT TWICE.
Narrative: FLT PLAN WAS TO VNY VOR THEN TO WHP. 2000 FT STRATUS CEILINGS E 1 1/2 MI VISIBILITY LIGHT TO SOME MODERATE TURB OVER MOUNTAINS TO THE N ON DSCNT. INEXPERIENCED FRONT SEAT PAX BECAME NAUSEATED. PLANE HAD NO AUTOPLT OR HEADING HOLD. SINGLE PLT IFR. VECTORED TO FINAL. HAD PRACTICED APCH NIGHT BEFORE ON COMPUTER (IFT-PRO). I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE IN LOS ANGELES -- DID NOT KNOW ARPT. AFTER VECTORING TO FINAL APCH COURSE FLEW THROUGH THE COURSE 3 TIMES -- HAD TO BE REVECTORED OUT EACH TIME. THOUGHT I HAD TO DO THE PROC TURN AND COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY ATC WAS SETTING ME UP AT SUCH A WEIRD ANGLE TO DO THE TURN. ATC GOT MAD AFTER THE THIRD TIME -- MY APPREHENSIVE PAX GOT WORSE. I ASKED ABOUT THE PROC TURN. ONCE THIS WAS FIGURED OUT, DID APCH AND LANDED WHP FINE. IN THIS PROCESS, I BLEW THE ALTS TWICE. I CAN IFR CURRENT. CONCLUSION: 1) ONE PERSON CAN HANDLE ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF THINGS. 2) I GOT OVERLOADED AND FIXATED ON HOW I FLEW THE APCH THE NIGHT BEFORE, THIS INCLUDED THE PROC TURN. 3) ATC BY ACTING FRUSTRATED MADE THE SIT WORSE. (I SHOULD NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN.) 4) THIS WAS A SIMPLE APCH THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY PROB. THERE ARE NO SIMPLE APCHS.
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.