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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : tmb|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||PA-28 Cherokee/Archer II/Dakota/Pillan/Warrior|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 18|
flight time total : 800
flight time type : 150
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was taxiing with a PA28-161 from where it was parked on the ramp, turning left in between 2 rows of parked aircraft at approximately 1-2 mph. Everything was going fine until I was about to pass between the nose of a parked twin aeronautical commander on the left side and the tail of a parked C337 on the right side. The C337 had its tail sticking out more than other aircraft parked on the right side. I looked left to stay clear of the aeronautical commander's nose and looked right at the tail of the C337. At first it looked like I could pass the cessna's tail within inches, so I looked left and then right again and at that time I saw that I was not going to be able to clear the tail of the C337 and when I applied the brakes it was already too late and clipped the tail of the C337 right under its right rudder with my wingtip. This resulted in about 25 square inches of the tail being bent. There was no damage to any control surface or any structural damage to the airplane according to the mechanic that looked at the C337. Furthermore, there was no damage to the piper.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PA28-161 ACFT TAXIING ON RAMP STRUCK PARKED ACFT TAIL WITH R WINGTIP.
Narrative: I WAS TAXIING WITH A PA28-161 FROM WHERE IT WAS PARKED ON THE RAMP, TURNING L IN BTWN 2 ROWS OF PARKED ACFT AT APPROX 1-2 MPH. EVERYTHING WAS GOING FINE UNTIL I WAS ABOUT TO PASS BTWN THE NOSE OF A PARKED TWIN AERO COMMANDER ON THE L SIDE AND THE TAIL OF A PARKED C337 ON THE R SIDE. THE C337 HAD ITS TAIL STICKING OUT MORE THAN OTHER ACFT PARKED ON THE R SIDE. I LOOKED L TO STAY CLR OF THE AERO COMMANDER'S NOSE AND LOOKED R AT THE TAIL OF THE C337. AT FIRST IT LOOKED LIKE I COULD PASS THE CESSNA'S TAIL WITHIN INCHES, SO I LOOKED L AND THEN R AGAIN AND AT THAT TIME I SAW THAT I WAS NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO CLR THE TAIL OF THE C337 AND WHEN I APPLIED THE BRAKES IT WAS ALREADY TOO LATE AND CLIPPED THE TAIL OF THE C337 RIGHT UNDER ITS R RUDDER WITH MY WINGTIP. THIS RESULTED IN ABOUT 25 SQUARE INCHES OF THE TAIL BEING BENT. THERE WAS NO DAMAGE TO ANY CTL SURFACE OR ANY STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE AIRPLANE ACCORDING TO THE MECH THAT LOOKED AT THE C337. FURTHERMORE, THERE WAS NO DAMAGE TO THE PIPER.
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.