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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : tpa|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1000|
msl bound upper : 1000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : tpa|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 50|
flight time total : 800
flight time type : 300
|Anomaly||conflict : nmac|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : took evasive action|
|Miss Distance||horizontal : 50|
vertical : 20
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
I departed from plant city municipal (X-17) on an aerial photo mission with various locations in the tampa area. Upon departure I contacted tampa approach for clearance and traffic advisories. I was assigned a squawk code. After finishing a number of photo sites, I was cleared to the next location where the incident occurred. I began an orbit around the photo site and began photographing. As I made a left hand turn back to the east I saw the other airplane (blue & white small aircraft) heading directly toward me. I made a sharp right bank to avoid the aircraft. After being sure I was clear, I called tampa approach on 118.8 and informed the controller of the near collision. The factors contributing were that the other aircraft obviously never saw me because his flight path was unaltered. Obviously the other pilot was not looking to see and avoid. Another factor was the controller apparently was distracted or didn't spot the approaching aircraft on radar to advise me. After the near collision, the other aircraft then contacted approach control for vectors. Fortunately I was taking precautions to observe for other traffic and was able to avoid a disaster. After the other aircraft contacted approach control, the controller then advised him of my location. The other aircraft still had not seen me until after sometime when he then verified with ATC he had me in sight. I was able to then complete my photo mission and returned safely to plant city municipal (X-17). To avoid a similar incident, pilots should always use the see and avoid system even under ATC sep. Further, the controllers should be constantly aware of their radar screens when separating traffic under their control. The other aircraft should have contacted approach control sooner before entering controled airspace.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CLOSE PROX GA-SMA GA-SA NEAR BASE OF TPA ARSA.
Narrative: I DEPARTED FROM PLANT CITY MUNI (X-17) ON AN AERIAL PHOTO MISSION WITH VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE TAMPA AREA. UPON DEP I CONTACTED TAMPA APCH FOR CLRNC AND TFC ADVISORIES. I WAS ASSIGNED A SQUAWK CODE. AFTER FINISHING A NUMBER OF PHOTO SITES, I WAS CLRED TO THE NEXT LOCATION WHERE THE INCIDENT OCCURRED. I BEGAN AN ORBIT AROUND THE PHOTO SITE AND BEGAN PHOTOGRAPHING. AS I MADE A LEFT HAND TURN BACK TO THE E I SAW THE OTHER AIRPLANE (BLUE & WHITE SMA) HEADING DIRECTLY TOWARD ME. I MADE A SHARP RIGHT BANK TO AVOID THE ACFT. AFTER BEING SURE I WAS CLR, I CALLED TAMPA APCH ON 118.8 AND INFORMED THE CTLR OF THE NEAR COLLISION. THE FACTORS CONTRIBUTING WERE THAT THE OTHER ACFT OBVIOUSLY NEVER SAW ME BECAUSE HIS FLT PATH WAS UNALTERED. OBVIOUSLY THE OTHER PLT WAS NOT LOOKING TO SEE AND AVOID. ANOTHER FACTOR WAS THE CTLR APPARENTLY WAS DISTRACTED OR DIDN'T SPOT THE APCHING ACFT ON RADAR TO ADVISE ME. AFTER THE NEAR COLLISION, THE OTHER ACFT THEN CONTACTED APCH CTL FOR VECTORS. FORTUNATELY I WAS TAKING PRECAUTIONS TO OBSERVE FOR OTHER TFC AND WAS ABLE TO AVOID A DISASTER. AFTER THE OTHER ACFT CONTACTED APCH CTL, THE CTLR THEN ADVISED HIM OF MY LOCATION. THE OTHER ACFT STILL HAD NOT SEEN ME UNTIL AFTER SOMETIME WHEN HE THEN VERIFIED WITH ATC HE HAD ME IN SIGHT. I WAS ABLE TO THEN COMPLETE MY PHOTO MISSION AND RETURNED SAFELY TO PLANT CITY MUNI (X-17). TO AVOID A SIMILAR INCIDENT, PLTS SHOULD ALWAYS USE THE SEE AND AVOID SYSTEM EVEN UNDER ATC SEP. FURTHER, THE CTLRS SHOULD BE CONSTANTLY AWARE OF THEIR RADAR SCREENS WHEN SEPARATING TFC UNDER THEIR CTL. THE OTHER ACFT SHOULD HAVE CONTACTED APCH CTL SOONER BEFORE ENTERING CTLED AIRSPACE.
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.