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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : nkt.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 2000|
|Make Model Name||Skywagon 185|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : multi engine
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 50|
flight time total : 1900
flight time type : 450
|Anomaly||airspace violation : entry|
inflight encounter : weather
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited penetrated airspace|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
After having departed from mrh, I was setting the aircraft up for cruise flight at 2000 ft. The plan that I had made was going to take me close to nkt, but I thought I could watch carefully to avoid the control zone. A fairly thick layer of haze was beginning to build up shortly after takeoff, and mrh and nkt are within 10 mi of one another. Usually, I can see and avoid nkt's airspace. However, with the haze beginning to form, I was trying to stay away from that (it was coming from the southwest) and I was looking at my charts to get a better idea of where exactly I was. By the time I realized, I was closer to cherry point than I thought. Apparently, with me concentrating on the haze layer and charts, I forgot the primary thing in flying -- to fly the plane. I departed the airspace as quickly as possible. All of this could have been avoided if I was paying more attention to nkt and/or used flight following, or flown over the control zone.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: C185 PLT ENTERS NKT AIRSPACE WITHOUT CLRNC.
Narrative: AFTER HAVING DEPARTED FROM MRH, I WAS SETTING THE ACFT UP FOR CRUISE FLT AT 2000 FT. THE PLAN THAT I HAD MADE WAS GOING TO TAKE ME CLOSE TO NKT, BUT I THOUGHT I COULD WATCH CAREFULLY TO AVOID THE CTL ZONE. A FAIRLY THICK LAYER OF HAZE WAS BEGINNING TO BUILD UP SHORTLY AFTER TKOF, AND MRH AND NKT ARE WITHIN 10 MI OF ONE ANOTHER. USUALLY, I CAN SEE AND AVOID NKT'S AIRSPACE. HOWEVER, WITH THE HAZE BEGINNING TO FORM, I WAS TRYING TO STAY AWAY FROM THAT (IT WAS COMING FROM THE SW) AND I WAS LOOKING AT MY CHARTS TO GET A BETTER IDEA OF WHERE EXACTLY I WAS. BY THE TIME I REALIZED, I WAS CLOSER TO CHERRY POINT THAN I THOUGHT. APPARENTLY, WITH ME CONCENTRATING ON THE HAZE LAYER AND CHARTS, I FORGOT THE PRIMARY THING IN FLYING -- TO FLY THE PLANE. I DEPARTED THE AIRSPACE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. ALL OF THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF I WAS PAYING MORE ATTN TO NKT AND/OR USED FLT FOLLOWING, OR FLOWN OVER THE CTL ZONE.
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.