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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Function||observation : observer|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 1050
flight time type : 35
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : student|
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
During my student's first solo flight, he was told to taxi to runway 32. Pulling out of the ramp, he taxied on the centerline past a row of aircraft. At the time, there was a van on the taxiway, washing airplanes. As the student approached the van, he cupped the side with the left wingtip, causing the aircraft to spin around into the van. Contributing factors are inexperience of the student pilot and an unusual obstacle on the taxiway. Apparently, the student believed as long as he remained on the centerline, he would be guaranteed obstacle clearance, which was not the case. More vigilance during taxi operations possibly could have prevented the collision, but if the van was not on the taxiway, it never would have happened.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMT PLT ON HIS FIRST SOLO FLT WITH THE INSTRUCTOR OBSERVER WAS CLRED TO TAXI RWY 32. ON THE TXWY A VAN WAS PARKED ON THE TXWY AND THE SPI TAXIING ON CTRLINE ASSUMED HE HAD CLRNC. THE L WINGTIP STRUCK THE VAN CAUSING THE ACFT TO TURN INTO THE VAN.
Narrative: DURING MY STUDENT'S FIRST SOLO FLT, HE WAS TOLD TO TAXI TO RWY 32. PULLING OUT OF THE RAMP, HE TAXIED ON THE CTRLINE PAST A ROW OF ACFT. AT THE TIME, THERE WAS A VAN ON THE TXWY, WASHING AIRPLANES. AS THE STUDENT APCHED THE VAN, HE CUPPED THE SIDE WITH THE L WINGTIP, CAUSING THE ACFT TO SPIN AROUND INTO THE VAN. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS ARE INEXPERIENCE OF THE STUDENT PLT AND AN UNUSUAL OBSTACLE ON THE TXWY. APPARENTLY, THE STUDENT BELIEVED AS LONG AS HE REMAINED ON THE CTRLINE, HE WOULD BE GUARANTEED OBSTACLE CLRNC, WHICH WAS NOT THE CASE. MORE VIGILANCE DURING TAXI OPS POSSIBLY COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE COLLISION, BUT IF THE VAN WAS NOT ON THE TXWY, IT NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED.
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.