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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : pao|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1300|
msl bound upper : 1300
|Controlling Facilities||tower : pao|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Commercial Fixed Wing|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 18|
flight time total : 107
flight time type : 25
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
non adherence : published procedure
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Local day VFR flight from lvk-pao. Received flight following and squawk code from bay approach 135.4 over sunol golf course at approximately 3500 ft MSL. Bay approach controller said 'cessna call sign, squawk XXXX and identify.' I complied and he said 'cessna call sign, radar contact, squawk VFR when you have airport in sight (pao), good day.' I acknowledged and descended to 1300 ft MSL over dumbarton bridge toll plaza to remain clear sfo class B and sjc class C. I continued out over the sfo bay along 222 degrees to osi VOR inbound to pao. I expected to be handed off, but when I was about 3 mi out (inside pao class D) no one called me. I squawked VFR and called pao tower. They gave me landing instructions and informed me I had entered class D airspace before establishing 2 way radio communication. I landed without incident and taxied to transient. They didn't tell me to contact tower after landing. However, I tried to call the tower the next day, but only was able to leave a voice message. No return call. As I look back on the situation I think the controller wanted me to call pao before entering the class D. However, at the time there was a low level haze (1000 ft or so) and while the visibility was over 5 mi I didn't spot the field until inside the class D (first time to pao). This could have been avoided if the controller instructed me to specifically remain clear pao class D until establishing 2 way communication.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A GA C152 PLT ENTERS CLASS D AIRSPACE BEFORE CALLING THE ATCT LCL CTLR.
Narrative: LCL DAY VFR FLT FROM LVK-PAO. RECEIVED FLT FOLLOWING AND SQUAWK CODE FROM BAY APCH 135.4 OVER SUNOL GOLF COURSE AT APPROX 3500 FT MSL. BAY APCH CTLR SAID 'CESSNA CALL SIGN, SQUAWK XXXX AND IDENT.' I COMPLIED AND HE SAID 'CESSNA CALL SIGN, RADAR CONTACT, SQUAWK VFR WHEN YOU HAVE ARPT IN SIGHT (PAO), GOOD DAY.' I ACKNOWLEDGED AND DSNDED TO 1300 FT MSL OVER DUMBARTON BRIDGE TOLL PLAZA TO REMAIN CLR SFO CLASS B AND SJC CLASS C. I CONTINUED OUT OVER THE SFO BAY ALONG 222 DEGS TO OSI VOR INBOUND TO PAO. I EXPECTED TO BE HANDED OFF, BUT WHEN I WAS ABOUT 3 MI OUT (INSIDE PAO CLASS D) NO ONE CALLED ME. I SQUAWKED VFR AND CALLED PAO TWR. THEY GAVE ME LNDG INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMED ME I HAD ENTERED CLASS D AIRSPACE BEFORE ESTABLISHING 2 WAY RADIO COM. I LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT AND TAXIED TO TRANSIENT. THEY DIDN'T TELL ME TO CONTACT TWR AFTER LNDG. HOWEVER, I TRIED TO CALL THE TWR THE NEXT DAY, BUT ONLY WAS ABLE TO LEAVE A VOICE MESSAGE. NO RETURN CALL. AS I LOOK BACK ON THE SIT I THINK THE CTLR WANTED ME TO CALL PAO BEFORE ENTERING THE CLASS D. HOWEVER, AT THE TIME THERE WAS A LOW LEVEL HAZE (1000 FT OR SO) AND WHILE THE VISIBILITY WAS OVER 5 MI I DIDN'T SPOT THE FIELD UNTIL INSIDE THE CLASS D (FIRST TIME TO PAO). THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF THE CTLR INSTRUCTED ME TO SPECIFICALLY REMAIN CLR PAO CLASS D UNTIL ESTABLISHING 2 WAY COM.
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.