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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : riv.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 4500|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : riv.tower|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Cessna 152|
|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 : student|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 32|
flight time total : 48
flight time type : 48
|Function||instruction : instructor|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
|Anomaly||airspace violation : entry|
non adherence : far
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : became reoriented|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
On my first cross country solo from lgb to F70, on the return trip to lgb I became disoriented leaving F70 airport while attempting to find my route for the leg of my flight from french valley to corona. On the ground at french valley, I had to adjust my route of departure shortly before takeoff. When I left F70, I made a wide crosswind leg. Then I began a downwind departure and flew too far north. I did not establish my route between lake elsinore and a body of water at a nearby golf course. There was some haze and moderate turbulence between corona and french valley that day. My instructor said earlier that I would have to get used to flying in some turbulence. I was having some trouble controling the plane while reading the map and the flight plan. I misread features on the ground and flew north parallel to my intended route and accidentally entered class C airspace for march AFB. Upon realizing my error, I turned left before reaching lake matthews, which should have been on my right side for this leg of the flight. I may have put added pressure on myself, remembering that my instructor told me the school needed the plane back by XA00 local for another student. Immediately after landing, I informed my instructor of my error.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: STUDENT PLT BECOMES DISORIENTED ON FIRST SOLO XCOUNTRY. CLASS C AIRSPACE WITHOUT CLRNC IS RESULT.
Narrative: ON MY FIRST XCOUNTRY SOLO FROM LGB TO F70, ON THE RETURN TRIP TO LGB I BECAME DISORIENTED LEAVING F70 ARPT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO FIND MY RTE FOR THE LEG OF MY FLT FROM FRENCH VALLEY TO CORONA. ON THE GND AT FRENCH VALLEY, I HAD TO ADJUST MY RTE OF DEP SHORTLY BEFORE TKOF. WHEN I LEFT F70, I MADE A WIDE XWIND LEG. THEN I BEGAN A DOWNWIND DEP AND FLEW TOO FAR N. I DID NOT ESTABLISH MY RTE BTWN LAKE ELSINORE AND A BODY OF WATER AT A NEARBY GOLF COURSE. THERE WAS SOME HAZE AND MODERATE TURB BTWN CORONA AND FRENCH VALLEY THAT DAY. MY INSTRUCTOR SAID EARLIER THAT I WOULD HAVE TO GET USED TO FLYING IN SOME TURB. I WAS HAVING SOME TROUBLE CTLING THE PLANE WHILE READING THE MAP AND THE FLT PLAN. I MISREAD FEATURES ON THE GND AND FLEW N PARALLEL TO MY INTENDED RTE AND ACCIDENTALLY ENTERED CLASS C AIRSPACE FOR MARCH AFB. UPON REALIZING MY ERROR, I TURNED L BEFORE REACHING LAKE MATTHEWS, WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON MY R SIDE FOR THIS LEG OF THE FLT. I MAY HAVE PUT ADDED PRESSURE ON MYSELF, REMEMBERING THAT MY INSTRUCTOR TOLD ME THE SCHOOL NEEDED THE PLANE BACK BY XA00 LCL FOR ANOTHER STUDENT. IMMEDIATELY AFTER LNDG, I INFORMED MY INSTRUCTOR OF MY ERROR.
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.