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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : mle.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 4000|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : r90.tracon|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 25|
flight time total : 120
flight time type : 94
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||controller : provided flight assist|
none taken : detected after the fact
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Well, I was just outside of omaha airspace still in contact with omaha departure control. I thought since I was out of controled airspace that radar contact was terminated, and I contacted columbus radio (FSS) and opened my flight plan on file and asked for ZMP. I then contacted ZMP and they told me that I was supposed to stay with oma departure until they terminated my radar. I went back to oma departure and about 5 mins later they told me to contact lincoln approach, so I did so, and was then turned over to ZMP for flight following back to kearney. Being inexperienced in controled airspace made me unaware that I am in radar contact even when I am out of controled airspace and I should stay with them until they hand me off. I won't make that dumb mistake again.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PVT PLT OF AN SEL SMA ON VFR FLT PLAN CONTACTED THE CTR TOO SOON ON DEP AND WAS ADVISED TO GO BACK TO DEP CTL UNTIL ADVISED TO CONTACT CTR.
Narrative: WELL, I WAS JUST OUTSIDE OF OMAHA AIRSPACE STILL IN CONTACT WITH OMAHA DEP CTL. I THOUGHT SINCE I WAS OUT OF CTLED AIRSPACE THAT RADAR CONTACT WAS TERMINATED, AND I CONTACTED COLUMBUS RADIO (FSS) AND OPENED MY FLT PLAN ON FILE AND ASKED FOR ZMP. I THEN CONTACTED ZMP AND THEY TOLD ME THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO STAY WITH OMA DEP UNTIL THEY TERMINATED MY RADAR. I WENT BACK TO OMA DEP AND ABOUT 5 MINS LATER THEY TOLD ME TO CONTACT LINCOLN APCH, SO I DID SO, AND WAS THEN TURNED OVER TO ZMP FOR FLT FOLLOWING BACK TO KEARNEY. BEING INEXPERIENCED IN CTLED AIRSPACE MADE ME UNAWARE THAT I AM IN RADAR CONTACT EVEN WHEN I AM OUT OF CTLED AIRSPACE AND I SHOULD STAY WITH THEM UNTIL THEY HAND ME OFF. I WON'T MAKE THAT DUMB MISTAKE AGAIN.
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.