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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : mej.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Experimental|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : parked|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 35|
flight time total : 450
flight time type : 40
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||airspace violation : entry|
non adherence : published procedure
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : #3 faa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I checked an aviation website thur and determined that the us airspace had been reopened to VFR traffic. Fri morning I flew 20 miles southeast of meade. When I returned, after a 30 min flight I was met by local law enforcement sent to the meade (mej) airport by the FAA. The officers informed me the FAA called and us airspace was still closed to VFR traffic. I called flight service and they confirmed the fact that airspace was closed and that misinformation had been given to the aviation org. To my knowledge, the problem was caused by the FAA's incorrect NOTAM that the airway was opened to VFR traffic. I should have contracted flight service prior to taking off. I don't usually do this for a 30 min local flight, but under the circumstances I should have rechecked the airspace status. I assure you that I did not willfully break any regulations and wasn't trying to 'sneak by.' on my way back to the airport, before landing, I climbed to 6500 ft and practiced slow flight and a couple stalls, well into radar coverage for our area. I shall in the future be very very diligent investigating airspace status.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: THE PLT OF AN EXPERIMENTAL ACFT TOOK A 30 MIN VFR FLT.
Narrative: I CHKED AN AVIATION WEBSITE THUR AND DETERMINED THAT THE US AIRSPACE HAD BEEN REOPENED TO VFR TFC. FRI MORNING I FLEW 20 MILES SE OF MEADE. WHEN I RETURNED, AFTER A 30 MIN FLT I WAS MET BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SENT TO THE MEADE (MEJ) ARPT BY THE FAA. THE OFFICERS INFORMED ME THE FAA CALLED AND US AIRSPACE WAS STILL CLOSED TO VFR TFC. I CALLED FLT SERVICE AND THEY CONFIRMED THE FACT THAT AIRSPACE WAS CLOSED AND THAT MISINFORMATION HAD BEEN GIVEN TO THE AVIATION ORG. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THE PROB WAS CAUSED BY THE FAA'S INCORRECT NOTAM THAT THE AIRWAY WAS OPENED TO VFR TFC. I SHOULD HAVE CONTRACTED FLT SERVICE PRIOR TO TAKING OFF. I DON'T USUALLY DO THIS FOR A 30 MIN LOCAL FLT, BUT UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES I SHOULD HAVE RECHECKED THE AIRSPACE STATUS. I ASSURE YOU THAT I DID NOT WILLFULLY BREAK ANY REGULATIONS AND WASN'T TRYING TO 'SNEAK BY.' ON MY WAY BACK TO THE ARPT, BEFORE LNDG, I CLIMBED TO 6500 FT AND PRACTICED SLOW FLT AND A COUPLE STALLS, WELL INTO RADAR COVERAGE FOR OUR AREA. I SHALL IN THE FUTURE BE VERY VERY DILIGENT INVESTIGATING AIRSPACE STATUS.
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.