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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : sat.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 5900
flight time type : 100
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : ground|
|Anomaly||incursion : runway|
non adherence : clearance
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Problem Areas||ATC Human Performance|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
I am a designated pilot examiner and I had finished conducting a check ride on the northeast side of sat. I had additional business on the other side of the airport and was repositioning my airplane to an FBO under ground control on frequency 121.9. I heard the controller say something like 'taxi via txwys right and D and hold short of runway 30L.' this instruction would allow me to cross runway 30R without further comment, however it is my practice to always announce when I am crossing an active runway, and I did this. (Aircraft X is crossing runway 30R.) when I said this the controller said no! And basically chewed me out in a raised emotional voice, telling me that I was not cleared to cross the runway and had been told to hold short of runway 30R. I had not yet crossed runway 30R and very confused, I held short of the runway. I then heard the controller tell me to cross runway 30L. I taxied across runway 30R and as I was crossing runway 30L the controller said 'aircraft X what are you doing?' I explained that I was under the impression that he had instructed me to cross both runways, he said 'no, no, no, call the tower here is the phone number.' I believe what may have happened is that due to the recent runway change, the controller may have mistakenly referred to runway 30R as runway 30L in the original instruction. After that I have no idea who made the mistake. It could have been me because I was upset at being yelled at on frequency. A more in control controller might have merely re-instructed me to hold short of runway 30R, wait for things to cool down, and then re-instruct me.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT EXPERIENCED RWY INCURSION AT SAT.
Narrative: I AM A DESIGNATED PLT EXAMINER AND I HAD FINISHED CONDUCTING A CHK RIDE ON THE NE SIDE OF SAT. I HAD ADDITIONAL BUSINESS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ARPT AND WAS REPOSITIONING MY AIRPLANE TO AN FBO UNDER GND CTL ON FREQ 121.9. I HEARD THE CTLR SAY SOMETHING LIKE 'TAXI VIA TXWYS R AND D AND HOLD SHORT OF RWY 30L.' THIS INSTRUCTION WOULD ALLOW ME TO CROSS RWY 30R WITHOUT FURTHER COMMENT, HOWEVER IT IS MY PRACTICE TO ALWAYS ANNOUNCE WHEN I AM XING AN ACTIVE RWY, AND I DID THIS. (ACFT X IS XING RWY 30R.) WHEN I SAID THIS THE CTLR SAID NO! AND BASICALLY CHEWED ME OUT IN A RAISED EMOTIONAL VOICE, TELLING ME THAT I WAS NOT CLRED TO CROSS THE RWY AND HAD BEEN TOLD TO HOLD SHORT OF RWY 30R. I HAD NOT YET CROSSED RWY 30R AND VERY CONFUSED, I HELD SHORT OF THE RWY. I THEN HEARD THE CTLR TELL ME TO CROSS RWY 30L. I TAXIED ACROSS RWY 30R AND AS I WAS XING RWY 30L THE CTLR SAID 'ACFT X WHAT ARE YOU DOING?' I EXPLAINED THAT I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT HE HAD INSTRUCTED ME TO CROSS BOTH RWYS, HE SAID 'NO, NO, NO, CALL THE TWR HERE IS THE PHONE NUMBER.' I BELIEVE WHAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED IS THAT DUE TO THE RECENT RWY CHANGE, THE CTLR MAY HAVE MISTAKENLY REFERRED TO RWY 30R AS RWY 30L IN THE ORIGINAL INSTRUCTION. AFTER THAT I HAVE NO IDEA WHO MADE THE MISTAKE. IT COULD HAVE BEEN ME BECAUSE I WAS UPSET AT BEING YELLED AT ON FREQ. A MORE IN CTL CTLR MIGHT HAVE MERELY RE-INSTRUCTED ME TO HOLD SHORT OF RWY 30R, WAIT FOR THINGS TO COOL DOWN, AND THEN RE-INSTRUCT ME.
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.