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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : chd|
airport : ffz
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2200|
msl bound upper : 2200
|Controlling Facilities||tower : chd|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||M-20 F Executive 21|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 35|
flight time total : 2800
flight time type : 2000
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited penetrated airspace|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
On a flight from ffz to tfd to practice approachs, saw smoke from burning house. Falcon tower called helicopter traffic en route to fire. Followed helicopter to fire and circled fire with helicopter. Then I noticed that I was 2 mi from chd and had not called the tower! I was too busy looking out for traffic and not paying attention to where I was!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF A MOONEY, MO20F INADVERTENTLY FLEW INTO CLASS D AIRSPACE AFTER CIRCLING A HOUSE ON FIRE WITHIN 2 MI OF A CTLED ARPT.
Narrative: ON A FLT FROM FFZ TO TFD TO PRACTICE APCHS, SAW SMOKE FROM BURNING HOUSE. FALCON TWR CALLED HELI TFC ENRTE TO FIRE. FOLLOWED HELI TO FIRE AND CIRCLED FIRE WITH HELI. THEN I NOTICED THAT I WAS 2 MI FROM CHD AND HAD NOT CALLED THE TWR! I WAS TOO BUSY LOOKING OUT FOR TFC AND NOT PAYING ATTN TO WHERE I WAS!
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.