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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : bed|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3500|
msl bound upper : 3500
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 102
flight time type : 75
|Anomaly||conflict : nmac|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : took evasive action|
|Miss Distance||horizontal : 100|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
While on cross-country VFR from orange, ma to hanscom (bed), had near collision with parachutist at or near restr area R-4102 a&B at ft devens, ma. I had a full preflight briefing from the bridgeport FSS with NOTAMS approximately 1 hour prior to departure. No NOTAMS indicated that R-4102 a&B was/were active. Normal active day is sat only. Many pilots think that there can be no activity in an inactive restr area. The legend on aeronautical charts should remind pilots that some civilian or military operations are still possible even in an inactive restr area. No accident resulted in this incident, but vertical descending parachutes are very difficult to sight and avoid. I was able to make a shallow banked turn to avoid the parachute.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CLOSE PROX GA SMA AND PARACHUTIST IN RESTRICTED AREA THAT WAS ADVERTISED NOT ACTIVE.
Narrative: WHILE ON CROSS-COUNTRY VFR FROM ORANGE, MA TO HANSCOM (BED), HAD NEAR COLLISION WITH PARACHUTIST AT OR NEAR RESTR AREA R-4102 A&B AT FT DEVENS, MA. I HAD A FULL PREFLT BRIEFING FROM THE BRIDGEPORT FSS WITH NOTAMS APPROX 1 HR PRIOR TO DEP. NO NOTAMS INDICATED THAT R-4102 A&B WAS/WERE ACTIVE. NORMAL ACTIVE DAY IS SAT ONLY. MANY PLTS THINK THAT THERE CAN BE NO ACTIVITY IN AN INACTIVE RESTR AREA. THE LEGEND ON AERONAUTICAL CHARTS SHOULD REMIND PLTS THAT SOME CIVILIAN OR MIL OPS ARE STILL POSSIBLE EVEN IN AN INACTIVE RESTR AREA. NO ACCIDENT RESULTED IN THIS INCIDENT, BUT VERT DSNDING PARACHUTES ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO SIGHT AND AVOID. I WAS ABLE TO MAKE A SHALLOW BANKED TURN TO AVOID THE PARACHUTE.
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.