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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : sfo|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2900|
msl bound upper : 5500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : sfo|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 11|
flight time total : 2112
flight time type : 2090
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Pilot left smith ranch for flight to san luis obispo. Pilot has very structured route to avoid TCA boundaries. Heard ATC was seeking a TCA violator in area of his flight. Follow up letter indicates malfunctioning mode C which may have given erroneous altitude. Is very sure he did not violate the airspace. Flies under and around TCA because of reports of controller 'overwork'. Would have called in if he felt he could have received monitoring.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA PLT NAVIGATING TO AVOID TCA HEARD CTLRS TRACKING TCA VIOLATOR.
Narrative: PLT LEFT SMITH RANCH FOR FLT TO SAN LUIS OBISPO. PLT HAS VERY STRUCTURED RTE TO AVOID TCA BOUNDARIES. HEARD ATC WAS SEEKING A TCA VIOLATOR IN AREA OF HIS FLT. FOLLOW UP LETTER INDICATES MALFUNCTIONING MODE C WHICH MAY HAVE GIVEN ERRONEOUS ALT. IS VERY SURE HE DID NOT VIOLATE THE AIRSPACE. FLIES UNDER AND AROUND TCA BECAUSE OF RPTS OF CTLR 'OVERWORK'. WOULD HAVE CALLED IN IF HE FELT HE COULD HAVE RECEIVED MONITORING.
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.