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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : nuq|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1500|
msl bound upper : 1500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : oak|
tower : nuq
tower : pao
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time total : 8500
flight time type : 800
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited penetrated airspace|
|Primary Problem||ATC Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Inter Facility Coordination Failure
SIGMET for possible severe turbulence over coastal hills and sierras. Filed IFR sql-san via osi V-25 sns V-88 lax J-1 mzb. Due to reported turbulence over osi I asked sql ground control to change flight plan to, 'VFR to sns to avoid turbulence over hills west of sql.' after takeoff sql tower instructed me to contact pao tower over salt pile. Pao tower instructed me to, 'maintain 1500' fly bayshore fwy cleared through air traffic area.' then pao tower told me to, 'contact bay approach 135.65,' over bayshore fwy and san antonio rd. Bay then told me to contact bay 121.3. I had already turned toward los altos hills. After contacting bay and establishing radar contact, bay told me that moffett tower had contacted him and that I had entered moffett's air traffic area. I feel that pao tower should have notified moffett tower at the handoff point that pao tower had assigned me 1500' over bayshore fwy and not told me to contact bay approach. Pao should have handed me off to moffett tower. The real problem for pilots today is to deal with all the many restr airspace, constant communication (try to get a word in edgewise!!), airplane systems, checklists and see and avoid! I could have risked severe turbulence or fought the bureaucratic thicket of restr airspace. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: reporter went exactly where the controller told him to go and was under the impression the controller had coordinated with nuq. Realizes the system is short of controllers and feels the only safe way to go with all the restr areas and airports is to file IFR. Reporter had flown several yrs with a major airline and since furlough flown regularly, so is not a novice and knows where all areas are that require clearance.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA UNCOORDINATED PENETRATION OF ATA.
Narrative: SIGMET FOR POSSIBLE SEVERE TURB OVER COASTAL HILLS AND SIERRAS. FILED IFR SQL-SAN VIA OSI V-25 SNS V-88 LAX J-1 MZB. DUE TO RPTED TURB OVER OSI I ASKED SQL GND CTL TO CHANGE FLT PLAN TO, 'VFR TO SNS TO AVOID TURB OVER HILLS W OF SQL.' AFTER TKOF SQL TWR INSTRUCTED ME TO CONTACT PAO TWR OVER SALT PILE. PAO TWR INSTRUCTED ME TO, 'MAINTAIN 1500' FLY BAYSHORE FWY CLRED THROUGH ATA.' THEN PAO TWR TOLD ME TO, 'CONTACT BAY APCH 135.65,' OVER BAYSHORE FWY AND SAN ANTONIO RD. BAY THEN TOLD ME TO CONTACT BAY 121.3. I HAD ALREADY TURNED TOWARD LOS ALTOS HILLS. AFTER CONTACTING BAY AND ESTABLISHING RADAR CONTACT, BAY TOLD ME THAT MOFFETT TWR HAD CONTACTED HIM AND THAT I HAD ENTERED MOFFETT'S ATA. I FEEL THAT PAO TWR SHOULD HAVE NOTIFIED MOFFETT TWR AT THE HDOF POINT THAT PAO TWR HAD ASSIGNED ME 1500' OVER BAYSHORE FWY AND NOT TOLD ME TO CONTACT BAY APCH. PAO SHOULD HAVE HANDED ME OFF TO MOFFETT TWR. THE REAL PROB FOR PLTS TODAY IS TO DEAL WITH ALL THE MANY RESTR AIRSPACE, CONSTANT COM (TRY TO GET A WORD IN EDGEWISE!!), AIRPLANE SYSTEMS, CHKLISTS AND SEE AND AVOID! I COULD HAVE RISKED SEVERE TURB OR FOUGHT THE BUREAUCRATIC THICKET OF RESTR AIRSPACE. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: RPTR WENT EXACTLY WHERE THE CTLR TOLD HIM TO GO AND WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THE CTLR HAD COORDINATED WITH NUQ. REALIZES THE SYS IS SHORT OF CTLRS AND FEELS THE ONLY SAFE WAY TO GO WITH ALL THE RESTR AREAS AND ARPTS IS TO FILE IFR. RPTR HAD FLOWN SEVERAL YRS WITH A MAJOR AIRLINE AND SINCE FURLOUGH FLOWN REGULARLY, SO IS NOT A NOVICE AND KNOWS WHERE ALL AREAS ARE THAT REQUIRE CLRNC.
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.