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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : npa|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1800|
msl bound upper : 2500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : pns|
tower : npa
|Make Model Name||Military Transport|
|Navigation In Use||Other |
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller radar : 4|
|Affiliation||government : military|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : military|
|Anomaly||airspace violation : exit|
non adherence : published procedure
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
I was working arrival sector to navy pensacola (npa). Aircraft #1, a flight of 3 F18's, was working in R2908, west of npa. Aircraft #1 called on my frequency to advise me that in 5 mins his flight would be returning to npa. Approximately 8-10 mins later, I observed aircraft #1 depart R2908, eastbound towards npa. Local LOA requires the flight to call approach for sequence. When aircraft #1 was approximately 12 mi west of npa, npa tower called and advised that aircraft #1 was talking to them. I advised tower to tell aircraft #1 to call approach control, as he was about to enter class C airspace. Aircraft #1 never called, and continued inbound to land. I advised my supervisor of the situation, and the class C violation, and he said there was nothing he could do. The military flts routinely disregard local LOA's, often resulting in confusion and additional workload on the controller trying to vector other aircraft away from them, and trying to coordinate with other sectors and npa tower. Remedy: that the military flts abide by current LOA's and FARS.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CTLR RPTS A MIL ACFT DEPARTED RESTR AREA WITHOUT OBTAINING A CLRNC FROM THE TRACON AS PER THEIR LOA. ACFT ALSO VIOLATED CLASS C AIRSPACE.
Narrative: I WAS WORKING ARR SECTOR TO NAVY PENSACOLA (NPA). ACFT #1, A FLT OF 3 F18'S, WAS WORKING IN R2908, W OF NPA. ACFT #1 CALLED ON MY FREQ TO ADVISE ME THAT IN 5 MINS HIS FLT WOULD BE RETURNING TO NPA. APPROX 8-10 MINS LATER, I OBSERVED ACFT #1 DEPART R2908, EBOUND TOWARDS NPA. LCL LOA REQUIRES THE FLT TO CALL APCH FOR SEQUENCE. WHEN ACFT #1 WAS APPROX 12 MI W OF NPA, NPA TWR CALLED AND ADVISED THAT ACFT #1 WAS TALKING TO THEM. I ADVISED TWR TO TELL ACFT #1 TO CALL APCH CTL, AS HE WAS ABOUT TO ENTER CLASS C AIRSPACE. ACFT #1 NEVER CALLED, AND CONTINUED INBOUND TO LAND. I ADVISED MY SUPVR OF THE SIT, AND THE CLASS C VIOLATION, AND HE SAID THERE WAS NOTHING HE COULD DO. THE MIL FLTS ROUTINELY DISREGARD LCL LOA'S, OFTEN RESULTING IN CONFUSION AND ADDITIONAL WORKLOAD ON THE CTLR TRYING TO VECTOR OTHER ACFT AWAY FROM THEM, AND TRYING TO COORDINATE WITH OTHER SECTORS AND NPA TWR. REMEDY: THAT THE MIL FLTS ABIDE BY CURRENT LOA'S AND FARS.
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.