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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : poa|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3500|
msl bound upper : 4300
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : oak|
tower : pao
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||oversight : pic|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 5|
flight time total : 153
flight time type : 153
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
After climbing through a large hole in an otherwise overcast (2000') bay area on a left standard departure from pao, I headed towards moffett, where the tops were about 3000'. Pao tower advised that if I kept my present heading, I would be in moffett airspace. I told them that I was already at 3500' and climbing. At this point, the tower asked for a PIREP, which I gave. After a few answers to their questions, I noticed that I had just broken through 4000' and I was directly over moffett. I immediately descended to below 4000' until I had completely passed moffett. I was climbing at an altitude which would allow me to get on top and maintain VFR cloud sep. At the same time, my extended dialogue with the pao controller took my attention from my altimeter and put it outside, making WX observations.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT PENETRATED TCA.
Narrative: AFTER CLBING THROUGH A LARGE HOLE IN AN OTHERWISE OVCST (2000') BAY AREA ON A LEFT STANDARD DEP FROM PAO, I HEADED TOWARDS MOFFETT, WHERE THE TOPS WERE ABOUT 3000'. PAO TWR ADVISED THAT IF I KEPT MY PRESENT HDG, I WOULD BE IN MOFFETT AIRSPACE. I TOLD THEM THAT I WAS ALREADY AT 3500' AND CLBING. AT THIS POINT, THE TWR ASKED FOR A PIREP, WHICH I GAVE. AFTER A FEW ANSWERS TO THEIR QUESTIONS, I NOTICED THAT I HAD JUST BROKEN THROUGH 4000' AND I WAS DIRECTLY OVER MOFFETT. I IMMEDIATELY DSNDED TO BELOW 4000' UNTIL I HAD COMPLETELY PASSED MOFFETT. I WAS CLBING AT AN ALT WHICH WOULD ALLOW ME TO GET ON TOP AND MAINTAIN VFR CLOUD SEP. AT THE SAME TIME, MY EXTENDED DIALOGUE WITH THE PAO CTLR TOOK MY ATTN FROM MY ALTIMETER AND PUT IT OUTSIDE, MAKING WX OBSERVATIONS.
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.