|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : mdh|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 1600|
agl bound upper : 1600
|Controlling Facilities||tower : mco|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 125|
flight time total : 1150
flight time type : 30
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : returned to intended course or assigned course|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
While circling a point of interest on the ground, a passenger in the seat directly behind me was having difficulty with a camera and I turned back to see what the problem was. Within the few seconds that I diverted my attention, my aircraft entered an unusual attitude. Fortunately, I easily recovered from this attitude and the aircraft was never in serious danger. Even though my passengers thought nothing of this mishap, on my part, and I didn't break any air regulations; I began to think what the outcome could have been if I were only a couple hundred feet above the ground and were just a student pilot. I'm sure the out come would have been much different. This is why I am informing NASA of my lack of pilot vigilance, even though it was only for a few seconds. In that short period of time a lot can happen. I have made a personal promise to myself that I shall never again divert myself from the main task at hand of flying the airplane. Also I now stress to my students that even if they think they have everything in hand, they should expect the unexpected - be on top of the airplane you fly it, don't let it fly you. I hope that my confession can help you in identifying possible safety hazards, and make flying safer for everyone.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF GA SMA DISTR AND ALLOWED ACFT TO GET INTO UNUSUAL ATTITUDE.
Narrative: WHILE CIRCLING A POINT OF INTEREST ON THE GND, A PASSENGER IN THE SEAT DIRECTLY BEHIND ME WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH A CAMERA AND I TURNED BACK TO SEE WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS. WITHIN THE FEW SECONDS THAT I DIVERTED MY ATTN, MY ACFT ENTERED AN UNUSUAL ATTITUDE. FORTUNATELY, I EASILY RECOVERED FROM THIS ATTITUDE AND THE ACFT WAS NEVER IN SERIOUS DANGER. EVEN THOUGH MY PASSENGERS THOUGHT NOTHING OF THIS MISHAP, ON MY PART, AND I DIDN'T BREAK ANY AIR REGULATIONS; I BEGAN TO THINK WHAT THE OUTCOME COULD HAVE BEEN IF I WERE ONLY A COUPLE HUNDRED FEET ABOVE THE GND AND WERE JUST A STUDENT PLT. I'M SURE THE OUT COME WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH DIFFERENT. THIS IS WHY I AM INFORMING NASA OF MY LACK OF PLT VIGILANCE, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONLY FOR A FEW SECONDS. IN THAT SHORT PERIOD OF TIME A LOT CAN HAPPEN. I HAVE MADE A PERSONAL PROMISE TO MYSELF THAT I SHALL NEVER AGAIN DIVERT MYSELF FROM THE MAIN TASK AT HAND OF FLYING THE AIRPLANE. ALSO I NOW STRESS TO MY STUDENTS THAT EVEN IF THEY THINK THEY HAVE EVERYTHING IN HAND, THEY SHOULD EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - BE ON TOP OF THE AIRPLANE YOU FLY IT, DON'T LET IT FLY YOU. I HOPE THAT MY CONFESSION CAN HELP YOU IN IDENTIFYING POSSIBLE SAFETY HAZARDS, AND MAKE FLYING SAFER FOR EVERYONE.
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.