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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : bwi.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 1500|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : pct.tracon|
|Make Model Name||McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : multi engine|
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time total : 3700
flight time type : 2300
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Anomaly||airspace violation : entry|
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued advisory|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
faa : reviewed incident with flight crew
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was xporting a helicopter from our office to hickory, nc. I planned a stop at bwi to refuel my helicopter. At approximately 18 DME north of bwi, I heard over 121.5 'aircraft X 4 NM north of baltimore xx heading at 1400 ft, suggest you turn north. You are 2 mi, end of transmission. The transmission was not clear. I had previously attempted to contact potomac approach on 119.7 without success. Upon hearing this transmission, and not being in radio contact, I turned around and proceeded to my planned alternate refueling location. I was finally able to contact potomac approach en route to my alternate. I had to climb to 2500 ft to establish radio contact and flight following. En route, potomac approach advised me to call them. When I landed, I called the number and gave them my information. I also advised them that I was a government pilot xporting an aircraft from the new york area to hickory, nc. Contributing factors that lead to ATC calling me were that I was unable to reach them on the radio. I had my location 18 DME out of bwi, and I thought I had a few more mi before I entered the safety area. I have been to the washington area several times on IFR flts since the institution of the sfar, but not VFR. I reviewed NOTAMS and tfr's prior to departing, and believed I had a good understanding of the requirements. I would suggest that anyone who intends to operate in the bwi area first fly in that area with someone who is experienced with the special airspace concerns of the capitol.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A GOV HELI PLT VIOLATED THE DC ADIZ.
Narrative: I WAS XPORTING A HELI FROM OUR OFFICE TO HICKORY, NC. I PLANNED A STOP AT BWI TO REFUEL MY HELI. AT APPROX 18 DME N OF BWI, I HEARD OVER 121.5 'ACFT X 4 NM N OF BALTIMORE XX HDG AT 1400 FT, SUGGEST YOU TURN N. YOU ARE 2 MI, END OF XMISSION. THE XMISSION WAS NOT CLR. I HAD PREVIOUSLY ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT POTOMAC APCH ON 119.7 WITHOUT SUCCESS. UPON HEARING THIS XMISSION, AND NOT BEING IN RADIO CONTACT, I TURNED AROUND AND PROCEEDED TO MY PLANNED ALTERNATE REFUELING LOCATION. I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO CONTACT POTOMAC APCH ENRTE TO MY ALTERNATE. I HAD TO CLB TO 2500 FT TO ESTABLISH RADIO CONTACT AND FLT FOLLOWING. ENRTE, POTOMAC APCH ADVISED ME TO CALL THEM. WHEN I LANDED, I CALLED THE NUMBER AND GAVE THEM MY INFO. I ALSO ADVISED THEM THAT I WAS A GOV PLT XPORTING AN ACFT FROM THE NEW YORK AREA TO HICKORY, NC. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS THAT LEAD TO ATC CALLING ME WERE THAT I WAS UNABLE TO REACH THEM ON THE RADIO. I HAD MY LOCATION 18 DME OUT OF BWI, AND I THOUGHT I HAD A FEW MORE MI BEFORE I ENTERED THE SAFETY AREA. I HAVE BEEN TO THE WASHINGTON AREA SEVERAL TIMES ON IFR FLTS SINCE THE INSTITUTION OF THE SFAR, BUT NOT VFR. I REVIEWED NOTAMS AND TFR'S PRIOR TO DEPARTING, AND BELIEVED I HAD A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE REQUIREMENTS. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT ANYONE WHO INTENDS TO OPERATE IN THE BWI AREA FIRST FLY IN THAT AREA WITH SOMEONE WHO IS EXPERIENCED WITH THE SPECIAL AIRSPACE CONCERNS OF THE CAPITOL.
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.