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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : aml|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1400|
msl bound upper : 1400
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : dca|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Cessna 152|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 180|
flight time total : 11621
flight time type : 1000
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other other : unspecified
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited adverse environment|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I departed at night with another pilot in a C152 to show him some of the local rtes and airspace. My original intent was to fly up the VFR corridor between dca and iad at 1400 ft MSL which would keep me clear of both class B airspace structures at dca and iad. While navigating via various groups of city lights and hwys in the metropolitan area that I thought would guarantee our being in the VFR corridor, I was most surprised when the other pilot asked what airport we were passing. I then noticed runway 1L/19R at iad off the right wing. We estimated our distance from iad at about 3-4 mi, well within the 7 mi ring around iad that is restr from ground level without being in contact with ATC. At the time I was not talking with any ATC facility, but I am quite sure the incident was noticed by approach control and the tower controller at iad. We immediately exited the class B airspace as quickly as possible with (seemingly) no further consequences other than ruffled pride, irritation at my lack of situational awareness and disgust over any problem I may have caused for the ATC facility at iad. I know the incident resulted from my overly complacent attitude of being (supposedly) completely conversant with the airspace limitations around the washington, dc, area. I should have confirmed my position with the navaids at my disposal (mainly VOR radials) to establish my position beyond any doubt. Complicating the matter was my involvement in showing the other pilot the area at night to try to help him get oriented. A rapidly precessing directional gyro that was about 40 degrees off the proper compass heading when I realized we were in iad's airspace added to the problem. This incident has humbled me to not take anything regarding aircraft operation for granted nor to become complacent about my own plting abilities. Fly the airplane first -- then take care of anything else that might seem to be of importance.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF C152 ON NIGHT FLT ENTERS CLASS B AIRSPACE WITHOUT CLRNC.
Narrative: I DEPARTED AT NIGHT WITH ANOTHER PLT IN A C152 TO SHOW HIM SOME OF THE LCL RTES AND AIRSPACE. MY ORIGINAL INTENT WAS TO FLY UP THE VFR CORRIDOR BTWN DCA AND IAD AT 1400 FT MSL WHICH WOULD KEEP ME CLR OF BOTH CLASS B AIRSPACE STRUCTURES AT DCA AND IAD. WHILE NAVING VIA VARIOUS GROUPS OF CITY LIGHTS AND HWYS IN THE METRO AREA THAT I THOUGHT WOULD GUARANTEE OUR BEING IN THE VFR CORRIDOR, I WAS MOST SURPRISED WHEN THE OTHER PLT ASKED WHAT ARPT WE WERE PASSING. I THEN NOTICED RWY 1L/19R AT IAD OFF THE R WING. WE ESTIMATED OUR DISTANCE FROM IAD AT ABOUT 3-4 MI, WELL WITHIN THE 7 MI RING AROUND IAD THAT IS RESTR FROM GND LEVEL WITHOUT BEING IN CONTACT WITH ATC. AT THE TIME I WAS NOT TALKING WITH ANY ATC FACILITY, BUT I AM QUITE SURE THE INCIDENT WAS NOTICED BY APCH CTL AND THE TWR CTLR AT IAD. WE IMMEDIATELY EXITED THE CLASS B AIRSPACE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE WITH (SEEMINGLY) NO FURTHER CONSEQUENCES OTHER THAN RUFFLED PRIDE, IRRITATION AT MY LACK OF SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND DISGUST OVER ANY PROB I MAY HAVE CAUSED FOR THE ATC FACILITY AT IAD. I KNOW THE INCIDENT RESULTED FROM MY OVERLY COMPLACENT ATTITUDE OF BEING (SUPPOSEDLY) COMPLETELY CONVERSANT WITH THE AIRSPACE LIMITATIONS AROUND THE WASHINGTON, DC, AREA. I SHOULD HAVE CONFIRMED MY POS WITH THE NAVAIDS AT MY DISPOSAL (MAINLY VOR RADIALS) TO ESTABLISH MY POS BEYOND ANY DOUBT. COMPLICATING THE MATTER WAS MY INVOLVEMENT IN SHOWING THE OTHER PLT THE AREA AT NIGHT TO TRY TO HELP HIM GET ORIENTED. A RAPIDLY PRECESSING DIRECTIONAL GYRO THAT WAS ABOUT 40 DEGS OFF THE PROPER COMPASS HDG WHEN I REALIZED WE WERE IN IAD'S AIRSPACE ADDED TO THE PROB. THIS INCIDENT HAS HUMBLED ME TO NOT TAKE ANYTHING REGARDING ACFT OP FOR GRANTED NOR TO BECOME COMPLACENT ABOUT MY OWN PLTING ABILITIES. FLY THE AIRPLANE FIRST -- THEN TAKE CARE OF ANYTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT SEEM TO BE OF IMPORTANCE.
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.