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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 1000|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : hpn.tower|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Baron 55/Cochise|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Qualification||pilot : multi engine|
pilot : instrument
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 90|
flight time total : 2700
flight time type : 2000
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Passenger Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
During a sightseeing flight with 2 small children on board; I was distraction while orbiting over a house. I lost altitude and dropped below the 1000 ft AGL requirement. Also; while returning to the airport; additional distrs from the kids caused me to lose awareness and enter the traffic pattern incorrectly. The pattern for the airport is right traffic for runway 16; and I did left traffic. I took 4 people on board who had never been in a small airplane before; and this caused several distrs. I should have reduced the number on board; and taken somebody to help me with the passenger. I made at least 2 mistakes due to these distrs.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: BE55 COMMERCIAL PILOT ON A SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT WITH PASSENGERS DESCENDED BELOW 1000 FEET AND ENTERED THE UNCONTROLLED TRAFFIC PATTERN AT ZZZ INCORRECTLY; CITING THE PASSENGERS AS THE PRIMARY DISTRACTION.
Narrative: DURING A SIGHTSEEING FLT WITH 2 SMALL CHILDREN ON BOARD; I WAS DISTR WHILE ORBITING OVER A HOUSE. I LOST ALT AND DROPPED BELOW THE 1000 FT AGL REQUIREMENT. ALSO; WHILE RETURNING TO THE ARPT; ADDITIONAL DISTRS FROM THE KIDS CAUSED ME TO LOSE AWARENESS AND ENTER THE TFC PATTERN INCORRECTLY. THE PATTERN FOR THE ARPT IS RIGHT TFC FOR RWY 16; AND I DID LEFT TFC. I TOOK 4 PEOPLE ON BOARD WHO HAD NEVER BEEN IN A SMALL AIRPLANE BEFORE; AND THIS CAUSED SEVERAL DISTRS. I SHOULD HAVE REDUCED THE NUMBER ON BOARD; AND TAKEN SOMEBODY TO HELP ME WITH THE PAX. I MADE AT LEAST 2 MISTAKES DUE TO THESE DISTRS.
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.