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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : zzz.tower|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
ground : parked
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 50|
flight time total : 525
flight time type : 38
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
|Independent Detector||other other : 2|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
My wife and I were sightseeing the apostle islands with no intent of landing! We had flown around about 4 islands (never over) at about 1000 ft AGL and about 2000 ft or more laterally. Lake superior is rarely cavu, so we decided to land. We intended to taxi (we thought as a 'boat' to a sand beach). Shortly after beaching, park rangers boated over to us and informed us we violated the airspace by taxiing to the shore. I was mistaken in my thinking from my training that when on water, you are a boat. I was not cited for this violation.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN SMA FLOAT PLANE PIC WAS ACCUSED OF VIOLATING AIRSPACE BY PARK RANGERS WHO HAD APCHED HIM AFTER LNDG, AND BEACHING, ON ONE OF THE APOSTLE ISLANDS NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR.
Narrative: MY WIFE AND I WERE SIGHTSEEING THE APOSTLE ISLANDS WITH NO INTENT OF LNDG! WE HAD FLOWN AROUND ABOUT 4 ISLANDS (NEVER OVER) AT ABOUT 1000 FT AGL AND ABOUT 2000 FT OR MORE LATERALLY. LAKE SUPERIOR IS RARELY CAVU, SO WE DECIDED TO LAND. WE INTENDED TO TAXI (WE THOUGHT AS A 'BOAT' TO A SAND BEACH). SHORTLY AFTER BEACHING, PARK RANGERS BOATED OVER TO US AND INFORMED US WE VIOLATED THE AIRSPACE BY TAXIING TO THE SHORE. I WAS MISTAKEN IN MY THINKING FROM MY TRAINING THAT WHEN ON WATER, YOU ARE A BOAT. I WAS NOT CITED FOR THIS VIOLATION.
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.