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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : mia.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||A300|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : holding|
ground : taxi
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
pilot : multi engine
|Anomaly||incursion : taxiway|
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : company policies
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other flight crewb
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
Flight Crew Human Performance
After landing on runway 8 at mia, we cleared the active to the south and joined parallel taxiway left between runway 8 and runway 9L. Ground told us to taxi east while determining if our gate was open. We told them we would have to hold for about 20 mins and they instructed us to continue east and to hold short of taxiway L11. We did, and I shut down the #1 engine while waiting. During our wait, I once again reviewed the information on the flight plan concerning use of the 'U' on the eastern end of runway 9L. Later, ground called and advised us to continue east and go around the 'U' and hold short of taxiway M11 on the other side of runway 9L. Simultaneously, ramp told us our gate was opening up and we should head toward the gate. I hesitated while starting engine #1 and thinking about the whole situation. Ground then called us back and stated that I was not to turn and cross at taxiway L11, but to continue straight ahead. As we continued east, the first officer asked if this was legal and I stated that I understood it to be legal as long as there was not an aircraft taking off or landing while we were in the 'U.' I also stated that B757's and smaller were allowed to use it without restr. To me, this implied that larger aircraft could use the 'U' with restrs --which I took to be aircraft taking off or landing. As we approached the 'U,' I asked the first officer to verify that no aircraft were taking off. He stated there was one in position, but it was not taking off. We expedited around the 'U' while commenting on the fact that this did not feel comfortable regardless of what size aircraft we were in. We also noted that an aircraft did take off over a B757 in the 'U.' once stopped at taxiway M11, I noticed a B767 waiting at taxiway L11 to cross runway 9L, so I pulled out the paperwork once again to read the information on this type of situation and still was not sure how it was supposed to work. Since it did not say I was not allowed to use the 'U,' I felt I had complied with the implied restr. We eventually continued to the gate. While on the way home, I contacted the chief pilot about another issue and brought this up to clarify it in my mind. That is when I found out I would need to file this report. It should be noted that when restrs such as this are placed on certain aircraft, it is usually very specific about which aircraft can and cannot use a gate, taxiway, etc. I do not feel the message on the flight plan was clear. Nonetheless, as captain, I did make a mistake and accept that as my responsibility and as a learning experience.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A300 CREW TAXIED AROUND TXWY U AS INSTRUCTED BY THE ATCT GND CTLR. THE ACR FLT PLAN NOTES AND THE FOM NOTES RESTR ACFT TAXIING ON TXWY U. THE CAPT FOUND THE NOTES CONFUSING AND AMBIGUOUS.
Narrative: AFTER LNDG ON RWY 8 AT MIA, WE CLRED THE ACTIVE TO THE S AND JOINED PARALLEL TXWY L BTWN RWY 8 AND RWY 9L. GND TOLD US TO TAXI E WHILE DETERMINING IF OUR GATE WAS OPEN. WE TOLD THEM WE WOULD HAVE TO HOLD FOR ABOUT 20 MINS AND THEY INSTRUCTED US TO CONTINUE E AND TO HOLD SHORT OF TXWY L11. WE DID, AND I SHUT DOWN THE #1 ENG WHILE WAITING. DURING OUR WAIT, I ONCE AGAIN REVIEWED THE INFO ON THE FLT PLAN CONCERNING USE OF THE 'U' ON THE EASTERN END OF RWY 9L. LATER, GND CALLED AND ADVISED US TO CONTINUE E AND GO AROUND THE 'U' AND HOLD SHORT OF TXWY M11 ON THE OTHER SIDE OF RWY 9L. SIMULTANEOUSLY, RAMP TOLD US OUR GATE WAS OPENING UP AND WE SHOULD HEAD TOWARD THE GATE. I HESITATED WHILE STARTING ENG #1 AND THINKING ABOUT THE WHOLE SIT. GND THEN CALLED US BACK AND STATED THAT I WAS NOT TO TURN AND CROSS AT TXWY L11, BUT TO CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD. AS WE CONTINUED E, THE FO ASKED IF THIS WAS LEGAL AND I STATED THAT I UNDERSTOOD IT TO BE LEGAL AS LONG AS THERE WAS NOT AN ACFT TAKING OFF OR LNDG WHILE WE WERE IN THE 'U.' I ALSO STATED THAT B757'S AND SMALLER WERE ALLOWED TO USE IT WITHOUT RESTR. TO ME, THIS IMPLIED THAT LARGER ACFT COULD USE THE 'U' WITH RESTRS --WHICH I TOOK TO BE ACFT TAKING OFF OR LNDG. AS WE APCHED THE 'U,' I ASKED THE FO TO VERIFY THAT NO ACFT WERE TAKING OFF. HE STATED THERE WAS ONE IN POS, BUT IT WAS NOT TAKING OFF. WE EXPEDITED AROUND THE 'U' WHILE COMMENTING ON THE FACT THAT THIS DID NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE REGARDLESS OF WHAT SIZE ACFT WE WERE IN. WE ALSO NOTED THAT AN ACFT DID TAKE OFF OVER A B757 IN THE 'U.' ONCE STOPPED AT TXWY M11, I NOTICED A B767 WAITING AT TXWY L11 TO CROSS RWY 9L, SO I PULLED OUT THE PAPERWORK ONCE AGAIN TO READ THE INFO ON THIS TYPE OF SIT AND STILL WAS NOT SURE HOW IT WAS SUPPOSED TO WORK. SINCE IT DID NOT SAY I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE 'U,' I FELT I HAD COMPLIED WITH THE IMPLIED RESTR. WE EVENTUALLY CONTINUED TO THE GATE. WHILE ON THE WAY HOME, I CONTACTED THE CHIEF PLT ABOUT ANOTHER ISSUE AND BROUGHT THIS UP TO CLARIFY IT IN MY MIND. THAT IS WHEN I FOUND OUT I WOULD NEED TO FILE THIS RPT. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT WHEN RESTRS SUCH AS THIS ARE PLACED ON CERTAIN ACFT, IT IS USUALLY VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT WHICH ACFT CAN AND CANNOT USE A GATE, TXWY, ETC. I DO NOT FEEL THE MESSAGE ON THE FLT PLAN WAS CLR. NONETHELESS, AS CAPT, I DID MAKE A MISTAKE AND ACCEPT THAT AS MY RESPONSIBILITY AND AS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE.
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.