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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : dsm|
airport : ia66
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 75
|Make Model Name||Balloon|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 380
flight time type : 380
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other other : unspecified cockpit
other other : unspecified
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
The incident occurred at balloon launch/landing field. I was possibly in violation of the waiver. On approach to land I estimated my altitude to be 75 ft AGL. I initiated a descent to land while over the spectator area. This maneuver was based on my estimation of the wind speeds being sufficient to move the balloon out of the spectator area before it responded to my controls. The wind speed was slower than I estimated, allowing the aircraft to descend through 75 ft while still over the spectator area. A safe landing was made approximately 85 ft from the spectator area. It is my perception that this incident occurred solely due to pilot misjudgement. At no time did I feel there was any danger to the spectators, ground personnel or the occupants of the balloon. Please note, during previous events, launches regularly took place within 10 ft of the spectator area.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A HOT AIR BALLOON PLT MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE WAIVER OF PARTS OF FAR 91 DURING A SPECIAL INTEREST BALLOON ACTIVITY.
Narrative: THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AT BALLOON LAUNCH/LNDG FIELD. I WAS POSSIBLY IN VIOLATION OF THE WAIVER. ON APCH TO LAND I ESTIMATED MY ALT TO BE 75 FT AGL. I INITIATED A DSCNT TO LAND WHILE OVER THE SPECTATOR AREA. THIS MANEUVER WAS BASED ON MY ESTIMATION OF THE WIND SPDS BEING SUFFICIENT TO MOVE THE BALLOON OUT OF THE SPECTATOR AREA BEFORE IT RESPONDED TO MY CTLS. THE WIND SPD WAS SLOWER THAN I ESTIMATED, ALLOWING THE ACFT TO DSND THROUGH 75 FT WHILE STILL OVER THE SPECTATOR AREA. A SAFE LNDG WAS MADE APPROX 85 FT FROM THE SPECTATOR AREA. IT IS MY PERCEPTION THAT THIS INCIDENT OCCURRED SOLELY DUE TO PLT MISJUDGEMENT. AT NO TIME DID I FEEL THERE WAS ANY DANGER TO THE SPECTATORS, GND PERSONNEL OR THE OCCUPANTS OF THE BALLOON. PLEASE NOTE, DURING PREVIOUS EVENTS, LAUNCHES REGULARLY TOOK PLACE WITHIN 10 FT OF THE SPECTATOR AREA.
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.