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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : hnl.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 2100|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B717 (Formerly MD-95)|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Route In Use||approach : visual|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : atp
pilot : instrument
pilot : multi engine
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 14000
flight time type : 5000
|Anomaly||airspace violation : exit|
non adherence : published procedure
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued advisory|
flight crew : exited adverse environment
flight crew : returned to assigned altitude
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
After we were cleared for a visual approach to runway 8L I realized that the aircraft altitude was too high to fly beneath a cumulus build-up that was situated on the final approach course approximately 10 mi from the approach end of the runway. Because the cabin attendants were still walking about the cabin, I directed the first officer to fly around the south side of the build-up to avoid turbulence. As we continued our descent to maintain our approach profile we descended below the 2200 ft MSL floor of the class B airspace. Approach control then directed us to maintain 2500 ft MSL until 5 DME (from the hnl VOR). We climbed up to 2500 ft until 5 DME and resumed the approach. While being concerned with the safety of the flight attendants and also attempting to keep the aircraft in VMC, I did not remember that the floor of the class B airspace was higher than usual at our position in the terminal area. In hindsight, it would have been more practical not to have requested a visual approach and to have had the flight attendants be seated for turbulence.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: WHILE MAKING A VISUAL APCH INTO HNL, A B717 CREW DSNDED BELOW CLASS B AIRSPACE.
Narrative: AFTER WE WERE CLRED FOR A VISUAL APCH TO RWY 8L I REALIZED THAT THE ACFT ALT WAS TOO HIGH TO FLY BENEATH A CUMULUS BUILD-UP THAT WAS SITUATED ON THE FINAL APCH COURSE APPROX 10 MI FROM THE APCH END OF THE RWY. BECAUSE THE CABIN ATTENDANTS WERE STILL WALKING ABOUT THE CABIN, I DIRECTED THE FO TO FLY AROUND THE S SIDE OF THE BUILD-UP TO AVOID TURB. AS WE CONTINUED OUR DSCNT TO MAINTAIN OUR APCH PROFILE WE DSNDED BELOW THE 2200 FT MSL FLOOR OF THE CLASS B AIRSPACE. APCH CTL THEN DIRECTED US TO MAINTAIN 2500 FT MSL UNTIL 5 DME (FROM THE HNL VOR). WE CLBED UP TO 2500 FT UNTIL 5 DME AND RESUMED THE APCH. WHILE BEING CONCERNED WITH THE SAFETY OF THE FLT ATTENDANTS AND ALSO ATTEMPTING TO KEEP THE ACFT IN VMC, I DID NOT REMEMBER THAT THE FLOOR OF THE CLASS B AIRSPACE WAS HIGHER THAN USUAL AT OUR POS IN THE TERMINAL AREA. IN HINDSIGHT, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE PRACTICAL NOT TO HAVE REQUESTED A VISUAL APCH AND TO HAVE HAD THE FLT ATTENDANTS BE SEATED FOR TURB.
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.