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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : lex|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Medium Large Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 220|
flight time total : 13750
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||other physical facility|
procedure or policy : unspecified
Taxiout lex from gate 1, airport remarks said, 'stay on yellow line to avoid FOD.' normally, that's a good idea. This morning many unlit aircraft were parked around the terminal and it was necessary to zigzag slowly around the yellow line to avoid hitting aircraft. Tower came open and called us with clearance as we were taxiing. I stopped for a moment so as to keep the first officer input available for clearing while taxiing. Ramp lighting was on, but glare restr my view of aircraft on the terminal side and darkness on the runway side. Even knowing where my wingtips are, I think an accident could happen on the congested lex ramp.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: REPORTER COMPLAINS OF RAMP CONGESTION.
Narrative: TAXIOUT LEX FROM GATE 1, ARPT REMARKS SAID, 'STAY ON YELLOW LINE TO AVOID FOD.' NORMALLY, THAT'S A GOOD IDEA. THIS MORNING MANY UNLIT ACFT WERE PARKED AROUND THE TERMINAL AND IT WAS NECESSARY TO ZIGZAG SLOWLY AROUND THE YELLOW LINE TO AVOID HITTING ACFT. TWR CAME OPEN AND CALLED US WITH CLRNC AS WE WERE TAXIING. I STOPPED FOR A MOMENT SO AS TO KEEP THE F/O INPUT AVAILABLE FOR CLRING WHILE TAXIING. RAMP LIGHTING WAS ON, BUT GLARE RESTR MY VIEW OF ACFT ON THE TERMINAL SIDE AND DARKNESS ON THE RWY SIDE. EVEN KNOWING WHERE MY WINGTIPS ARE, I THINK AN ACCIDENT COULD HAPPEN ON THE CONGESTED LEX RAMP.
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.