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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : mqy.airport|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2100|
msl bound upper : 2200
|Controlling Facilities||tower : mqy.tower|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||PA-28 Cherokee/Archer II/Dakota/Pillan/Warrior|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 24|
flight time total : 140
flight time type : 24
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||airspace violation : entry|
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|
I was on solo cross country flight from laf to mqy to owb to laf. As I approached mqy from the north, I was talking to bna approach. As they cleared me to descend to pattern altitude at mqy, he handed me off to smyrna (mqy) tower. I told smyrna tower I was inbound from the north about 5 mi out and inbound for a landing. Then shortly before I entered my downwind leg for runway 32 I asked the tower if I could make a touch-and-go and then proceed northbound thereafter. That was approved and as I climbed out after my touch-and-go, I climbed to 1600 ft MSL and made a r-hand turn out of the pattern to the north. I was aware that I was nearing the base of the overlying class C airspace. Just then the tower controller told us 'squawk 1200 good day' and by then I was at 2200 ft, which is 100 ft above the base of the overlying class C. I was fully expecting the controller to hand me off to the bna departure controller, but he didn't. I was thinking that since I was in class D airspace when I departed mqy that I had more space above me than I did. Bottom line is that I was expecting a handoff and I thought I had at least 500 ft more to go before I climbed into bna airspace. But I really should and will in the future watch my altitude more closely.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A PVT PLT ON A XCOUNTRY FLT FROM LAF TO MQY TO OWB DECIDES TO FLY TOUCH-AND-GO LNDGS AT MQY AND INADVERTENTLY CLBS INTO CLASS C AIRSPACE.
Narrative: I WAS ON SOLO XCOUNTRY FLT FROM LAF TO MQY TO OWB TO LAF. AS I APCHED MQY FROM THE N, I WAS TALKING TO BNA APCH. AS THEY CLRED ME TO DSND TO PATTERN ALT AT MQY, HE HANDED ME OFF TO SMYRNA (MQY) TWR. I TOLD SMYRNA TWR I WAS INBOUND FROM THE N ABOUT 5 MI OUT AND INBOUND FOR A LNDG. THEN SHORTLY BEFORE I ENTERED MY DOWNWIND LEG FOR RWY 32 I ASKED THE TWR IF I COULD MAKE A TOUCH-AND-GO AND THEN PROCEED NBOUND THEREAFTER. THAT WAS APPROVED AND AS I CLBED OUT AFTER MY TOUCH-AND-GO, I CLBED TO 1600 FT MSL AND MADE A R-HAND TURN OUT OF THE PATTERN TO THE N. I WAS AWARE THAT I WAS NEARING THE BASE OF THE OVERLYING CLASS C AIRSPACE. JUST THEN THE TWR CTLR TOLD US 'SQUAWK 1200 GOOD DAY' AND BY THEN I WAS AT 2200 FT, WHICH IS 100 FT ABOVE THE BASE OF THE OVERLYING CLASS C. I WAS FULLY EXPECTING THE CTLR TO HAND ME OFF TO THE BNA DEP CTLR, BUT HE DIDN'T. I WAS THINKING THAT SINCE I WAS IN CLASS D AIRSPACE WHEN I DEPARTED MQY THAT I HAD MORE SPACE ABOVE ME THAN I DID. BOTTOM LINE IS THAT I WAS EXPECTING A HDOF AND I THOUGHT I HAD AT LEAST 500 FT MORE TO GO BEFORE I CLBED INTO BNA AIRSPACE. BUT I REALLY SHOULD AND WILL IN THE FUTURE WATCH MY ALT MORE CLOSELY.
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.