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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : pit|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 1500
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Balloon|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 13|
flight time total : 1000
flight time type : 840
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other other : unspecified
other other : unspecified cockpit
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Chart Or Publication|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
There was a balloon race in pittsburgh. Our balloon was not a sponsor and so, not in the race. I used a launch site across the river from the race site (about 2000 ft). I waited till most of the balloons had launched until I launched. I climbed steadily to 2500 ft MSL to be above the structures of downtown. I flew behind the pack eventually descending close to a bridge and landing next to an already deflated balloon. It was a normal flight. The only problem is the race organizer is a lawyer who didn't make money by me flying. I would expect him to report me for some imagined infraction. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: the reporter was flying a corporate logo balloon in the vicinity of, but not entered in, the race. The conflict that he mentions was a balloon that he landed near, there was no conflict in the air. An acrobatic airplane came apart in the air during the event, killing its pilot. The reporter believes that a little matter of a non-participating balloon was forgotten. He has not been contacted by anyone regarding this incident. 2 sets of hours of operation of the event were published so that pilots not entered in the event could pick the hours that they wanted to have the restr apply. This was a faulty conversion of zulu time to local time.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A HOT AIR BALLOON WITH AN ADVERTISING LOGO FLEW IN CLOSE PROX TO A SPECIAL INTEREST AIRSHOW ACTIVITY WITHOUT BEING PROPERLY ENTERED IN THE EVENT. SEE ACN 343074.
Narrative: THERE WAS A BALLOON RACE IN PITTSBURGH. OUR BALLOON WAS NOT A SPONSOR AND SO, NOT IN THE RACE. I USED A LAUNCH SITE ACROSS THE RIVER FROM THE RACE SITE (ABOUT 2000 FT). I WAITED TILL MOST OF THE BALLOONS HAD LAUNCHED UNTIL I LAUNCHED. I CLBED STEADILY TO 2500 FT MSL TO BE ABOVE THE STRUCTURES OF DOWNTOWN. I FLEW BEHIND THE PACK EVENTUALLY DSNDING CLOSE TO A BRIDGE AND LNDG NEXT TO AN ALREADY DEFLATED BALLOON. IT WAS A NORMAL FLT. THE ONLY PROB IS THE RACE ORGANIZER IS A LAWYER WHO DIDN'T MAKE MONEY BY ME FLYING. I WOULD EXPECT HIM TO RPT ME FOR SOME IMAGINED INFRACTION. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: THE RPTR WAS FLYING A CORPORATE LOGO BALLOON IN THE VICINITY OF, BUT NOT ENTERED IN, THE RACE. THE CONFLICT THAT HE MENTIONS WAS A BALLOON THAT HE LANDED NEAR, THERE WAS NO CONFLICT IN THE AIR. AN ACROBATIC AIRPLANE CAME APART IN THE AIR DURING THE EVENT, KILLING ITS PLT. THE RPTR BELIEVES THAT A LITTLE MATTER OF A NON-PARTICIPATING BALLOON WAS FORGOTTEN. HE HAS NOT BEEN CONTACTED BY ANYONE REGARDING THIS INCIDENT. 2 SETS OF HRS OF OP OF THE EVENT WERE PUBLISHED SO THAT PLTS NOT ENTERED IN THE EVENT COULD PICK THE HRS THAT THEY WANTED TO HAVE THE RESTR APPLY. THIS WAS A FAULTY CONVERSION OF ZULU TIME TO LCL TIME.
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.