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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : vny|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : bur|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 35|
flight time total : 2500
flight time type : 2000
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Primary Problem||ATC Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|ATC Facility||other physical facility|
I have complained bitterly in the past because imposition of airspace restrictions such as arsa's west/O increasing personnel at ATC and more radio frequencys artificially overloads the system. Upon takeoff from vny, established radio contact with bur TRACON. Finally passed way outside their airspace en route to hesperia. They were too busy or forgot to advise leaving their airspace and by then I was beyond radio range. Upon return from hesperia in severe turbulence, called bur TRACON on #1 radio twice, no response. Changed mics and tried to 2 more times, no response. Changed to a third microphone and tried 2 more times, no response. Concluded complete transmitter failure and was considering squawking emergency and guessing which was less dangerous: go into vny norad and look for green light, or land in severe turbulence at an uncontrolled field and telephone for a norad clearance. About then bur TRACON called. Upon inquiry, he advised he had heard prior calls (8 calls!) but had been too busy to acknowledge. Since imposition of the new airspace restrictions in the last several months, not 1 additional controller has come in and not 1 additional frequency has been allocated. How would it have promoted safety to have an emergency-squawking target pass through some of the busiest airspace in the world?
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: UNABLE TO ESTABLISH TIMELY COM WITH APCH CTLR.
Narrative: I HAVE COMPLAINED BITTERLY IN THE PAST BECAUSE IMPOSITION OF AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS SUCH AS ARSA'S W/O INCREASING PERSONNEL AT ATC AND MORE RADIO FREQS ARTIFICIALLY OVERLOADS THE SYS. UPON TKOF FROM VNY, ESTABLISHED RADIO CONTACT WITH BUR TRACON. FINALLY PASSED WAY OUTSIDE THEIR AIRSPACE ENRTE TO HESPERIA. THEY WERE TOO BUSY OR FORGOT TO ADVISE LEAVING THEIR AIRSPACE AND BY THEN I WAS BEYOND RADIO RANGE. UPON RETURN FROM HESPERIA IN SEVERE TURBULENCE, CALLED BUR TRACON ON #1 RADIO TWICE, NO RESPONSE. CHANGED MICS AND TRIED TO 2 MORE TIMES, NO RESPONSE. CHANGED TO A THIRD MIC AND TRIED 2 MORE TIMES, NO RESPONSE. CONCLUDED COMPLETE TRANSMITTER FAILURE AND WAS CONSIDERING SQUAWKING EMER AND GUESSING WHICH WAS LESS DANGEROUS: GO INTO VNY NORAD AND LOOK FOR GREEN LIGHT, OR LAND IN SEVERE TURBULENCE AT AN UNCONTROLLED FIELD AND TELEPHONE FOR A NORAD CLRNC. ABOUT THEN BUR TRACON CALLED. UPON INQUIRY, HE ADVISED HE HAD HEARD PRIOR CALLS (8 CALLS!) BUT HAD BEEN TOO BUSY TO ACKNOWLEDGE. SINCE IMPOSITION OF THE NEW AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS IN THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, NOT 1 ADDITIONAL CTLR HAS COME IN AND NOT 1 ADDITIONAL FREQ HAS BEEN ALLOCATED. HOW WOULD IT HAVE PROMOTED SAFETY TO HAVE AN EMER-SQUAWKING TARGET PASS THROUGH SOME OF THE BUSIEST AIRSPACE IN THE WORLD?
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.