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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : sjc.airport|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1000|
msl bound upper : 2000
|Controlling Facilities||tower : sjc.tower|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B737-300|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Route In Use||approach : visual|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Problem Areas||Environmental Factor|
|Primary Problem||Environmental Factor|
|Airspace Structure||class c : sjc.c|
Building was built without considering arrival corridor. On a visual approach to sjc at XA00 local on jun/xa/07; at between 2000 ft and 1000 ft; a bronze glass building cast a reflection from the sun; which restr vision from both pilots. I informed the tower of the hazard and he said he was aware of the problem; restr vision of both pilots during flight. City should work with the building owner to apply some sort of anti-reflective coating on windows.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B737-300 FLT CREW REPORTED THEIR VISION RESTRICTED BY SUN REFLECTING OFF GLASS BUILDING ON FINAL APCH.
Narrative: BUILDING WAS BUILT WITHOUT CONSIDERING ARR CORRIDOR. ON A VISUAL APCH TO SJC AT XA00 LCL ON JUN/XA/07; AT BTWN 2000 FT AND 1000 FT; A BRONZE GLASS BUILDING CAST A REFLECTION FROM THE SUN; WHICH RESTR VISION FROM BOTH PLTS. I INFORMED THE TWR OF THE HAZARD AND HE SAID HE WAS AWARE OF THE PROB; RESTR VISION OF BOTH PLTS DURING FLT. CITY SHOULD WORK WITH THE BUILDING OWNER TO APPLY SOME SORT OF ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING ON WINDOWS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 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.