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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : cdn|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 500
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Boeing Company Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
pilot : atp
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 51|
flight time total : 9850
flight time type : 7
|Function||observation : observer|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was flying my stearman on an uncontrolled airport with no traffic in the area. I was flying a few friends and did a few 'closed' patterns near the departure end of the runway with spectators and hangars in the area. Being primarily a military F16 pilot all my life, I was not aware such flying was illegal or considered unsafe. Once I returned to the airport a few days later I was approached by pilots whom I greatly respect who said this was not smart. They proceed to brief me on rules pertaining to 'uncontrolled' airports with no aircraft in the area. I have since realized how lucky I was and am greatly indebted to these pilots to confront me with proper procedures for everyone's safety. I will pass on these lessons to all I meet.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: STEARMAN PLT FLYING CLOSED CIRCUIT PATTERNS, MIL STYLE AT NON TWR ARPT AND CLOSE TO SPECTATORS AND HANGARS.
Narrative: I WAS FLYING MY STEARMAN ON AN UNCTLED ARPT WITH NO TFC IN THE AREA. I WAS FLYING A FEW FRIENDS AND DID A FEW 'CLOSED' PATTERNS NEAR THE DEP END OF THE RWY WITH SPECTATORS AND HANGARS IN THE AREA. BEING PRIMARILY A MIL F16 PLT ALL MY LIFE, I WAS NOT AWARE SUCH FLYING WAS ILLEGAL OR CONSIDERED UNSAFE. ONCE I RETURNED TO THE ARPT A FEW DAYS LATER I WAS APCHED BY PLTS WHOM I GREATLY RESPECT WHO SAID THIS WAS NOT SMART. THEY PROCEED TO BRIEF ME ON RULES PERTAINING TO 'UNCTLED' ARPTS WITH NO ACFT IN THE AREA. I HAVE SINCE REALIZED HOW LUCKY I WAS AND AM GREATLY INDEBTED TO THESE PLTS TO CONFRONT ME WITH PROPER PROCS FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY. I WILL PASS ON THESE LESSONS TO ALL I MEET.
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.