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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : lax|
airport : smo
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 4500|
msl bound upper : 4500
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time total : 600|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
none taken : detected after the fact
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
In 4/88, at approximately XX30 pacific time, I was PIC of an small aircraft and flew through the new corridor at 4500'. Upon landing at smo I was advised that I was in violation of the TCA as the plane does not have mode C. I have approximately 600 hours and an instrument rating. Earlier that same day I had contacted my former flight instrument to ask of the regulations re mode C through the corridor. He advised me that all I needed to do was squawk 1201 and all was well. When I called him back the following morning his memory suddenly improved and he remembered the mode C ruling which I had questioned him on the previous day. At the time of the corridor meetings in feb I was attending a national forensics meeting in philadelphia as I worked the cerritos disaster as a member of the la emergency forensics team. I am well aware of the hazards of flying in unauthorized airspace. I read the chart and noted the mode C requirement and questioned the legality of taking an small aircraft through the corridor and was advised by my friendly instrument that there was a grace period. The moral of the story is, don't trust anyone but the FAA, and then get it in writing.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: OPERATED IN THE VFR CORRIDOR WITHOUT MODE C EQUIPMENT ON BOARD.
Narrative: IN 4/88, AT APPROX XX30 PACIFIC TIME, I WAS PIC OF AN SMA AND FLEW THROUGH THE NEW CORRIDOR AT 4500'. UPON LNDG AT SMO I WAS ADVISED THAT I WAS IN VIOLATION OF THE TCA AS THE PLANE DOES NOT HAVE MODE C. I HAVE APPROX 600 HRS AND AN INSTRUMENT RATING. EARLIER THAT SAME DAY I HAD CONTACTED MY FORMER FLT INSTR TO ASK OF THE REGS RE MODE C THROUGH THE CORRIDOR. HE ADVISED ME THAT ALL I NEEDED TO DO WAS SQUAWK 1201 AND ALL WAS WELL. WHEN I CALLED HIM BACK THE FOLLOWING MORNING HIS MEMORY SUDDENLY IMPROVED AND HE REMEMBERED THE MODE C RULING WHICH I HAD QUESTIONED HIM ON THE PREVIOUS DAY. AT THE TIME OF THE CORRIDOR MEETINGS IN FEB I WAS ATTENDING A NATL FORENSICS MEETING IN PHILADELPHIA AS I WORKED THE CERRITOS DISASTER AS A MEMBER OF THE LA EMER FORENSICS TEAM. I AM WELL AWARE OF THE HAZARDS OF FLYING IN UNAUTH AIRSPACE. I READ THE CHART AND NOTED THE MODE C REQUIREMENT AND QUESTIONED THE LEGALITY OF TAKING AN SMA THROUGH THE CORRIDOR AND WAS ADVISED BY MY FRIENDLY INSTR THAT THERE WAS A GRACE PERIOD. THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS, DON'T TRUST ANYONE BUT THE FAA, AND THEN GET IT IN WRITING.
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.