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|Locale Reference||navaid : orl.vortac|
|Altitude||msl single value : 2500|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Bonanza 35|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Route In Use||enroute : on vectors|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : multi engine|
pilot : instrument
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 1000
flight time type : 700
|Anomaly||airspace violation : entry|
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
While on a VFR pleasure flight from sfb to lal, en route at 2500 ft. This altitude was chosen due to ceiling limitations of approximately 3500 ft. Initial heading was 244 degrees, and departed sfb airspace. En route, conditions were hazy, but legal VFR conditions. The event happened approximately XA00 local time and aircraft was heading directly into the setting sun. ATC was busy and could not accommodate VFR advisory requests. While en route, PIC noticed that he was approaching the disney complex, southwest of orlando. Pilot could not see ground features of wdw complex until almost over it. Once PIC noticed that a possible violation of the wdw tfr existed, immediate action was taken to turn northwest and climb to 3200 ft MSL. The contributing factors were haze, dusk and daylight settings, a ceiling of 3500 ft and poor landmarks depicting the wdw tfr. Also contributing was the fact that the setting sun was directly aligned with the route of flight, causing difficulty discerning ground features. Due to the low angle of the sun, the PIC was more concerned about spotting conflicting traffic rather than looking at the ground. It is estimated that the tfr may have been violated by less than 1/4 mi and 500 ft vertical.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: BE35 PLT ENTERED DWORLD TFR.
Narrative: WHILE ON A VFR PLEASURE FLT FROM SFB TO LAL, ENRTE AT 2500 FT. THIS ALT WAS CHOSEN DUE TO CEILING LIMITATIONS OF APPROX 3500 FT. INITIAL HEADING WAS 244 DEGS, AND DEPARTED SFB AIRSPACE. ENRTE, CONDITIONS WERE HAZY, BUT LEGAL VFR CONDITIONS. THE EVENT HAPPENED APPROX XA00 LCL TIME AND ACFT WAS HEADING DIRECTLY INTO THE SETTING SUN. ATC WAS BUSY AND COULD NOT ACCOMMODATE VFR ADVISORY REQUESTS. WHILE ENRTE, PIC NOTICED THAT HE WAS APCHING THE DISNEY COMPLEX, SW OF ORLANDO. PLT COULD NOT SEE GND FEATURES OF WDW COMPLEX UNTIL ALMOST OVER IT. ONCE PIC NOTICED THAT A POSSIBLE VIOLATION OF THE WDW TFR EXISTED, IMMEDIATE ACTION WAS TAKEN TO TURN NW AND CLB TO 3200 FT MSL. THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS WERE HAZE, DUSK AND DAYLIGHT SETTINGS, A CEILING OF 3500 FT AND POOR LANDMARKS DEPICTING THE WDW TFR. ALSO CONTRIBUTING WAS THE FACT THAT THE SETTING SUN WAS DIRECTLY ALIGNED WITH THE RTE OF FLT, CAUSING DIFFICULTY DISCERNING GND FEATURES. DUE TO THE LOW ANGLE OF THE SUN, THE PIC WAS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT SPOTTING CONFLICTING TFC RATHER THAN LOOKING AT THE GND. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE TFR MAY HAVE BEEN VIOLATED BY LESS THAN 1/4 MI AND 500 FT VERT.
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.