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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : fgt|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 4000|
msl bound upper : 45000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : msp|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute airway : msp|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 16|
flight time total : 2225
flight time type : 1611
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited penetrated airspace|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was returning from a business trip to rochester, mn on victor 82 toward fgt VOR at 4500 MSL on 3/88 at XA20 CST. When I penetrated the minneapolis TCA before I realized where I was. I was VFR and was about to call approach on 125.0. Because of a mistake in pilotage, I thought I was further south than I was. When the lake I was looking at turned out to be north of airlake airport and I saw the airport south of it, I realized I had penetrated the TCA at more than 4000'. I immediately turned south and descended below 4000' to get below the TCA floor. Visibility was not poor that day, but we were flying into the afternoon sun and it was somewhat difficult to see ahead. I should have called approach sooner, and will in the future. I wanted to stay as high as possible as long as I could because of rough air. To my knowledge, I've never had this happen before, and it bothers me. Our TCA is very simple, compared to others, but at times even its borders are hard to find when navigating.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LOST TRACK OF POSITION AND PENETRATED THE TCA WITHOUT CLRNC.
Narrative: I WAS RETURNING FROM A BUSINESS TRIP TO ROCHESTER, MN ON VICTOR 82 TOWARD FGT VOR AT 4500 MSL ON 3/88 AT XA20 CST. WHEN I PENETRATED THE MINNEAPOLIS TCA BEFORE I REALIZED WHERE I WAS. I WAS VFR AND WAS ABOUT TO CALL APCH ON 125.0. BECAUSE OF A MISTAKE IN PILOTAGE, I THOUGHT I WAS FURTHER S THAN I WAS. WHEN THE LAKE I WAS LOOKING AT TURNED OUT TO BE N OF AIRLAKE ARPT AND I SAW THE ARPT S OF IT, I REALIZED I HAD PENETRATED THE TCA AT MORE THAN 4000'. I IMMEDIATELY TURNED S AND DSNDED BELOW 4000' TO GET BELOW THE TCA FLOOR. VISIBILITY WAS NOT POOR THAT DAY, BUT WE WERE FLYING INTO THE AFTERNOON SUN AND IT WAS SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT TO SEE AHEAD. I SHOULD HAVE CALLED APCH SOONER, AND WILL IN THE FUTURE. I WANTED TO STAY AS HIGH AS POSSIBLE AS LONG AS I COULD BECAUSE OF ROUGH AIR. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, I'VE NEVER HAD THIS HAPPEN BEFORE, AND IT BOTHERS ME. OUR TCA IS VERY SIMPLE, COMPARED TO OTHERS, BUT AT TIMES EVEN ITS BORDERS ARE HARD TO FIND WHEN NAVIGATING.
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.