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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : pns|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2500|
msl bound upper : 10500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : pns|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||descent other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 80|
flight time total : 1100
flight time type : 100
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||other spatial deviation|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
I was VFR at 10500 ft from jan to pfn direct. There was a line of thunderstorms 20 mi wide from mobile to crestview VOR. There was a 10 mi wide VFR route (break in thunderstorm line) from brewton to pensacola. I contacted flight watch and discussed my options, entering pensacola class C airspace. I had flight following and they had 11500 ft as my altitude. I was at 10500 ft cleared to descend to 3500 ft and maneuver as needed for WX avoidance by the controller prior to pensacola approach. Pensacola told me that I was well below my assigned altitude and off course. I requested a continued descent to 2500 ft and vectors to pns, then direct to pfn. Approach was told that I was landing at pns and they were mad when I asked for routing from pns to pfn. I was distracted by WX, communications with flight watch and navigation. This coupled with the controller's abrupt tone and unh,elpful attitude caused me to make heading and altitude changes that he was not aware of and he made assumptions about my route and intentions that were incorrect. I learned a great deal from this incident and I will plan, fly and communicate much better in the future.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA PLT ON FLT FOLLOWING GIVEN CLRNC TO DSND AND MANEUVER FOR WX AVOIDANCE IS GIVEN A HDOF TO NEXT CTLR WHO IS VERY UPSET THAT HE HAS NOT MAINTAINED ASSIGNED HDG AND ALT.
Narrative: I WAS VFR AT 10500 FT FROM JAN TO PFN DIRECT. THERE WAS A LINE OF TSTMS 20 MI WIDE FROM MOBILE TO CRESTVIEW VOR. THERE WAS A 10 MI WIDE VFR RTE (BREAK IN TSTM LINE) FROM BREWTON TO PENSACOLA. I CONTACTED FLT WATCH AND DISCUSSED MY OPTIONS, ENTERING PENSACOLA CLASS C AIRSPACE. I HAD FLT FOLLOWING AND THEY HAD 11500 FT AS MY ALT. I WAS AT 10500 FT CLRED TO DSND TO 3500 FT AND MANEUVER AS NEEDED FOR WX AVOIDANCE BY THE CTLR PRIOR TO PENSACOLA APCH. PENSACOLA TOLD ME THAT I WAS WELL BELOW MY ASSIGNED ALT AND OFF COURSE. I REQUESTED A CONTINUED DSCNT TO 2500 FT AND VECTORS TO PNS, THEN DIRECT TO PFN. APCH WAS TOLD THAT I WAS LNDG AT PNS AND THEY WERE MAD WHEN I ASKED FOR ROUTING FROM PNS TO PFN. I WAS DISTRACTED BY WX, COMS WITH FLT WATCH AND NAV. THIS COUPLED WITH THE CTLR'S ABRUPT TONE AND UNH,ELPFUL ATTITUDE CAUSED ME TO MAKE HDG AND ALT CHANGES THAT HE WAS NOT AWARE OF AND HE MADE ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT MY RTE AND INTENTIONS THAT WERE INCORRECT. I LEARNED A GREAT DEAL FROM THIS INCIDENT AND I WILL PLAN, FLY AND COMMUNICATE MUCH BETTER IN THE FUTURE.
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.