|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||navaid : cwk.vortac|
|Altitude||msl single value : 6000|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zhu.artcc|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||M-20 B/C Ranger|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Navigation In Use||other vortac|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 700
flight time type : 120
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
I was flying a route between cll, cwk and stv vors. I believe after passing the cwk VOR near austin, I came within 15 ft of a WX balloon. This balloon had 3 blue latex balloons tied together. The balloons appeared to be about 4 inches in diameter. I was on an IFR flight plan and received no notification from ATC. I did not report the event to ATC and I probably should have. The next day I called san angelo FSS and tried to discuss it with them and they did not seem concerned. I notified via phone the NWS office in san angelo. They did not seem to think it would have originated from the NWS. They thought it could be from texas a&M or someone conducting private research. I am writing this because I believe it was a near miss and should be recorded. It could have caused a serious accident.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A MOONEY PLT ENCOUNTERS 3 POSSIBLE WX BALLOONS.
Narrative: I WAS FLYING A RTE BTWN CLL, CWK AND STV VORS. I BELIEVE AFTER PASSING THE CWK VOR NEAR AUSTIN, I CAME WITHIN 15 FT OF A WX BALLOON. THIS BALLOON HAD 3 BLUE LATEX BALLOONS TIED TOGETHER. THE BALLOONS APPEARED TO BE ABOUT 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER. I WAS ON AN IFR FLT PLAN AND RECEIVED NO NOTIFICATION FROM ATC. I DID NOT REPORT THE EVENT TO ATC AND I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE. THE NEXT DAY I CALLED SAN ANGELO FSS AND TRIED TO DISCUSS IT WITH THEM AND THEY DID NOT SEEM CONCERNED. I NOTIFIED VIA PHONE THE NWS OFFICE IN SAN ANGELO. THEY DID NOT SEEM TO THINK IT WOULD HAVE ORIGINATED FROM THE NWS. THEY THOUGHT IT COULD BE FROM TEXAS A&M OR SOMEONE CONDUCTING PVT RESEARCH. I AM WRITING THIS BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT WAS A NEAR MISS AND SHOULD BE RECORDED. IT COULD HAVE CAUSED A SERIOUS ACCIDENT.
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.