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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : psf.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 300|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Skyhawk 172/Cutlass 172|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Make Model Name||Viking|
|Flight Phase||ground : takeoff roll|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 12|
flight time total : 386
flight time type : 226
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
non adherence : published procedure
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : executed go around|
flight crew : took evasive action
|Miss Distance||horizontal : 0|
vertical : 200
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
I terminated flight following with albany approach as we neared the village of cheshire; ma; and after listening to the ASOS at psf; I announced my position over onota lake on the pittsfield unicom frequency (122.7) and described my intention to enter a right downwind for runway 32 pittsfield. I flew a standard rectangular pattern in the prescribed direction (right turns) and at the prescribed altitude (2200 ft). I announced my position on every leg of the pattern and I distinctly remember announcing that I was on a 1 mi final for runway 32 pittsfield. Throughout our trip around the pattern; we were aware of an aircraft behind the hold line on the taxiway leading to the departure end of runway 32. My wife; a student pilot; and I discussed the aircraft and she said she would keep an eye on it -- as is customary for us in such situations. It appeared that the aircraft in question was planning to wait there until we completed our landing. The view of the aircraft throughout the final approach was unobstructed. We had strobes; beacon; running lights; and landing lights on. As we approached; within approximately 300 ft of the threshold; the aircraft suddenly rolled onto the runway and turned into takeoff position. I could not be sure at that point if he continued his takeoff roll; but as I passed over the aircraft; I immediately initiated a go around; flying just to the left of and parallel to the runway and climbing to pattern altitude. I would estimate that I was about 200 ft AGL when I passed over the aircraft. Not worrying about proper radio terminology at that point; I yelled into the radio 'you rolled out right in front of me --stay where you are!' let me emphasize that at no time did I hear any radio transmission on 122.7 from that aircraft up to that point. About the time I reached the departure end of the 3500 ft runway (runway 32) and before I reached pattern altitude; I heard a radio call saying the aircraft was right below us. At the same time my wife yelled out the same thing. My wife and I both remember hearing an unidented call from a voice saying 'are you on frequency? We are right below you.' it seems reasonable to assume this transmission came from the intruder; but I could get no reply to my repeated response. If that call came from the intruder; it was the only transmission we ever heard from that aircraft during the entire episode. Just at that moment; the intruder suddenly appeared in a steep right turn no more than 150 ft off our right wing and about 150 ft below us. Clearly; he had continued his takeoff roll and; being a much faster aircraft; had overtaken us. I did an extended 'upwind' trying to put some distance between the 2 planes. After turning downwind; we were able to keep the other aircraft in sight but there was no response to my repeated radio calls. At that point; I requested a radio check from pittsfield unicom to confirm that my radio was still transmitting (it was). The other aircraft continued at pattern altitude on what might have been a very long downwind for runway 32; and then made a right turn. At that point I initiated a 360 degree turn to the left up over pittsfield's lakes in order to ensure separation from the intruding aircraft. I re-entered the pattern; landed uneventfully; and saw no more of the intruding aircraft.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: C172 ON SHORT FINAL HAS CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A BELLANCA TAKING THE RWY FOR DEPARTURE. NO CTAF/UNICOM CALLS WERE HEARD BY THE REPORTER.
Narrative: I TERMINATED FLT FOLLOWING WITH ALBANY APCH AS WE NEARED THE VILLAGE OF CHESHIRE; MA; AND AFTER LISTENING TO THE ASOS AT PSF; I ANNOUNCED MY POS OVER ONOTA LAKE ON THE PITTSFIELD UNICOM FREQ (122.7) AND DESCRIBED MY INTENTION TO ENTER A R DOWNWIND FOR RWY 32 PITTSFIELD. I FLEW A STANDARD RECTANGULAR PATTERN IN THE PRESCRIBED DIRECTION (R TURNS) AND AT THE PRESCRIBED ALT (2200 FT). I ANNOUNCED MY POS ON EVERY LEG OF THE PATTERN AND I DISTINCTLY REMEMBER ANNOUNCING THAT I WAS ON A 1 MI FINAL FOR RWY 32 PITTSFIELD. THROUGHOUT OUR TRIP AROUND THE PATTERN; WE WERE AWARE OF AN ACFT BEHIND THE HOLD LINE ON THE TXWY LEADING TO THE DEP END OF RWY 32. MY WIFE; A STUDENT PLT; AND I DISCUSSED THE ACFT AND SHE SAID SHE WOULD KEEP AN EYE ON IT -- AS IS CUSTOMARY FOR US IN SUCH SITUATIONS. IT APPEARED THAT THE ACFT IN QUESTION WAS PLANNING TO WAIT THERE UNTIL WE COMPLETED OUR LNDG. THE VIEW OF THE ACFT THROUGHOUT THE FINAL APCH WAS UNOBSTRUCTED. WE HAD STROBES; BEACON; RUNNING LIGHTS; AND LNDG LIGHTS ON. AS WE APCHED; WITHIN APPROX 300 FT OF THE THRESHOLD; THE ACFT SUDDENLY ROLLED ONTO THE RWY AND TURNED INTO TKOF POS. I COULD NOT BE SURE AT THAT POINT IF HE CONTINUED HIS TKOF ROLL; BUT AS I PASSED OVER THE ACFT; I IMMEDIATELY INITIATED A GAR; FLYING JUST TO THE L OF AND PARALLEL TO THE RWY AND CLBING TO PATTERN ALT. I WOULD ESTIMATE THAT I WAS ABOUT 200 FT AGL WHEN I PASSED OVER THE ACFT. NOT WORRYING ABOUT PROPER RADIO TERMINOLOGY AT THAT POINT; I YELLED INTO THE RADIO 'YOU ROLLED OUT RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME --STAY WHERE YOU ARE!' LET ME EMPHASIZE THAT AT NO TIME DID I HEAR ANY RADIO XMISSION ON 122.7 FROM THAT ACFT UP TO THAT POINT. ABOUT THE TIME I REACHED THE DEP END OF THE 3500 FT RWY (RWY 32) AND BEFORE I REACHED PATTERN ALT; I HEARD A RADIO CALL SAYING THE ACFT WAS RIGHT BELOW US. AT THE SAME TIME MY WIFE YELLED OUT THE SAME THING. MY WIFE AND I BOTH REMEMBER HEARING AN UNIDENTED CALL FROM A VOICE SAYING 'ARE YOU ON FREQ? WE ARE RIGHT BELOW YOU.' IT SEEMS REASONABLE TO ASSUME THIS XMISSION CAME FROM THE INTRUDER; BUT I COULD GET NO REPLY TO MY REPEATED RESPONSE. IF THAT CALL CAME FROM THE INTRUDER; IT WAS THE ONLY XMISSION WE EVER HEARD FROM THAT ACFT DURING THE ENTIRE EPISODE. JUST AT THAT MOMENT; THE INTRUDER SUDDENLY APPEARED IN A STEEP R TURN NO MORE THAN 150 FT OFF OUR R WING AND ABOUT 150 FT BELOW US. CLRLY; HE HAD CONTINUED HIS TKOF ROLL AND; BEING A MUCH FASTER ACFT; HAD OVERTAKEN US. I DID AN EXTENDED 'UPWIND' TRYING TO PUT SOME DISTANCE BTWN THE 2 PLANES. AFTER TURNING DOWNWIND; WE WERE ABLE TO KEEP THE OTHER ACFT IN SIGHT BUT THERE WAS NO RESPONSE TO MY REPEATED RADIO CALLS. AT THAT POINT; I REQUESTED A RADIO CHK FROM PITTSFIELD UNICOM TO CONFIRM THAT MY RADIO WAS STILL XMITTING (IT WAS). THE OTHER ACFT CONTINUED AT PATTERN ALT ON WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A VERY LONG DOWNWIND FOR RWY 32; AND THEN MADE A R TURN. AT THAT POINT I INITIATED A 360 DEG TURN TO THE L UP OVER PITTSFIELD'S LAKES IN ORDER TO ENSURE SEPARATION FROM THE INTRUDING ACFT. I RE-ENTERED THE PATTERN; LANDED UNEVENTFULLY; AND SAW NO MORE OF THE INTRUDING ACFT.
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.