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|Local Time Of Day||0001 To 0600|
|Locale Reference||airport : hsv|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
ground other : taxi
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 75|
flight time total : 3400
flight time type : 80
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I departed from huntsville airport on an IFR flight to tri. Takeoff was at XX45. I had contacted the FSS for an updated WX briefing by phone at approximately XX15. I was informed by the briefer that the huntsville tower and approach control were closed until XC00. Since hsv had been operating 24 hours a day for some period, I requested and received from the briefer instructions on how to get a clearance when the facility was closed. Based on the information given by the FSS, I transmitted my departure intentions on the tower frequency (127.6). As I recall, I broadcasted taxi as well as takeoff intentions. I departed on runway 18L. There was no other traffic in the area. So I did not know if I was transmitting or not. After departure, I contacted ZME and received my clearance. At this time I realized that I had depressed the autoplt disable button instead of the push-to-talk button. When hsv approach opened, ZME handed me back to hsv. At this time, I was informed that the tower was open when I departed, and would I call the tower after landing. I believe that under the circumstances, I acted safely on the information I had at the time. I regret this happened.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF A CPR SEL SMA DID NOT HAVE TAXI OR TKOF CLRNC DUE TO NOT KNOWING THAT THE TWR WAS OPEN SINCE THE FSS BRIEFER ADVISED THAT THE TWR DID NOT OPEN UNTIL AFTER RPTR'S PROPOSED DEP. HOWEVER, HE DID ANNOUNCE HIS TAXI AND TKOF INTENTIONS OVER THE TWR FREQ, BUT HAD INADVERTENTLY PRESSED THE WRONG BUTTON FOR XMITTING.
Narrative: I DEPARTED FROM HUNTSVILLE ARPT ON AN IFR FLT TO TRI. TKOF WAS AT XX45. I HAD CONTACTED THE FSS FOR AN UPDATED WX BRIEFING BY PHONE AT APPROX XX15. I WAS INFORMED BY THE BRIEFER THAT THE HUNTSVILLE TWR AND APCH CTL WERE CLOSED UNTIL XC00. SINCE HSV HAD BEEN OPERATING 24 HRS A DAY FOR SOME PERIOD, I REQUESTED AND RECEIVED FROM THE BRIEFER INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO GET A CLRNC WHEN THE FACILITY WAS CLOSED. BASED ON THE INFO GIVEN BY THE FSS, I XMITTED MY DEP INTENTIONS ON THE TWR FREQ (127.6). AS I RECALL, I BROADCASTED TAXI AS WELL AS TKOF INTENTIONS. I DEPARTED ON RWY 18L. THERE WAS NO OTHER TFC IN THE AREA. SO I DID NOT KNOW IF I WAS XMITTING OR NOT. AFTER DEP, I CONTACTED ZME AND RECEIVED MY CLRNC. AT THIS TIME I REALIZED THAT I HAD DEPRESSED THE AUTOPLT DISABLE BUTTON INSTEAD OF THE PUSH-TO-TALK BUTTON. WHEN HSV APCH OPENED, ZME HANDED ME BACK TO HSV. AT THIS TIME, I WAS INFORMED THAT THE TWR WAS OPEN WHEN I DEPARTED, AND WOULD I CALL THE TWR AFTER LNDG. I BELIEVE THAT UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, I ACTED SAFELY ON THE INFO I HAD AT THE TIME. I REGRET THIS 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.