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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : hpn.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Cessna 152|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
pilot : multi engine
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 29|
flight time total : 7351
flight time type : 4505
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||incursion : runway|
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : insufficient time|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
There was lots of traffic. Tower requested a turnoff at the first taxiway after landing. I missed the first taxiway and was cleared to a nearby second taxiway. The low view from my small airplane made it difficult to find the taxiway entrance among the 'sea' of blue lights. I turned to what I thought was the entrance. It wasn't. I thought I had just missed it and turned back to find it. I ended up taxiing a very short distance back to the first taxiway and exited there. There was enough space for the following landing traffic. No matter how familiar you may be with the airport, realize that things are different at night. Review the airport diagram and position of the direction signs before the flight.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: C152 PLT MISSES TURNOFF AT NIGHT AND TAXIES BACK ON ACTIVE RWY.
Narrative: THERE WAS LOTS OF TFC. TWR REQUESTED A TURNOFF AT THE FIRST TXWY AFTER LNDG. I MISSED THE FIRST TXWY AND WAS CLRED TO A NEARBY SECOND TXWY. THE LOW VIEW FROM MY SMALL AIRPLANE MADE IT DIFFICULT TO FIND THE TXWY ENTRANCE AMONG THE 'SEA' OF BLUE LIGHTS. I TURNED TO WHAT I THOUGHT WAS THE ENTRANCE. IT WASN'T. I THOUGHT I HAD JUST MISSED IT AND TURNED BACK TO FIND IT. I ENDED UP TAXIING A VERY SHORT DISTANCE BACK TO THE FIRST TXWY AND EXITED THERE. THERE WAS ENOUGH SPACE FOR THE FOLLOWING LNDG TFC. NO MATTER HOW FAMILIAR YOU MAY BE WITH THE ARPT, REALIZE THAT THINGS ARE DIFFERENT AT NIGHT. REVIEW THE ARPT DIAGRAM AND POS OF THE DIRECTION SIGNS BEFORE THE FLT.
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.