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|Locale Reference||airport : chs.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 8900
flight time type : 800
|Anomaly||incursion : runway|
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Airport||markings : chs.airport|
I was cleared to taxi to the runway I think it was runway 21. I asked for a progressive as I am unfamiliar with the airport. I was given guidance to the right taxiway. The taxiway intersects runway 21 at an angle and it looks like a continuation of the taxiway. Also the paint stripes and hold lines are very faded and in the ovc light conditions very difficult to notice. I entered past the hold line when I noticed the runway number markings and I immediately got off it. There was no other traffic to that runway and there was no hazard to anyone. I think the solution at chs and in fact all airports is a stop sign right in front of a hold line on any entrance to a runway; and the sign needs to be painted right on the taxiway pavement so the pilot looking out of his window will see that stop mark right in front of him on the pavement. Of course the whole thing is predicated on the paint being fresh and visible.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN SMA PILOT TAXIED ONTO CHS RWY 21; REPORTING THAT HOLD LINES ARE FADED AND NOT EASILY SEEN IN OVERCAST CONDITIONS.
Narrative: I WAS CLEARED TO TAXI TO THE RWY I THINK IT WAS RWY 21. I ASKED FOR A PROGRESSIVE AS I AM UNFAMILIAR WITH THE AIRPORT. I WAS GIVEN GUIDANCE TO THE RIGHT TAXIWAY. THE TAXIWAY INTERSECTS RWY 21 AT AN ANGLE AND IT LOOKS LIKE A CONTINUATION OF THE TAXIWAY. ALSO THE PAINT STRIPES AND HOLD LINES ARE VERY FADED AND IN THE OVC LIGHT CONDITIONS VERY DIFFICULT TO NOTICE. I ENTERED PAST THE HOLD LINE WHEN I NOTICED THE RWY NUMBER MARKINGS AND I IMMEDIATELY GOT OFF IT. THERE WAS NO OTHER TRAFFIC TO THAT RUNWAY AND THERE WAS NO HAZARD TO ANYONE. I THINK THE SOLUTION AT CHS AND IN FACT ALL AIRPORTS IS A STOP SIGN RIGHT IN FRONT OF A HOLD LINE ON ANY ENTRANCE TO A RUNWAY; AND THE SIGN NEEDS TO BE PAINTED RIGHT ON THE TAXIWAY PAVEMENT SO THE PILOT LOOKING OUT OF HIS WINDOW WILL SEE THAT STOP MARK RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM ON THE PAVEMENT. OF COURSE THE WHOLE THING IS PREDICATED ON THE PAINT BEING FRESH AND VISIBLE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of May 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.