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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : pmd|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 11500|
msl bound upper : 11500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : edw|
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : cfi
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 2500
flight time type : 200
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Anomaly||conflict : airborne less severe|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : took evasive action|
|Miss Distance||horizontal : 1000|
vertical : 0
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
I was cruising at 11500' MSL from porterville to chino, ca (southeast), flying as straight a line as possible, remaining off the center frequencys. I fly this route at least once a week and am very familiar with the frequency change over points. Crossing tehachapi, I was monitoring edw on 126.1, listening for high speed traffic in the MOA. Altimeter was 29.95 and I was indicating 11450' MSL. Just after crossing the edge of the mountains south of tehachapi, I was comparing my visual reference points to the D/G for wind correction angle. I was looking straight ahead when an small aircraft appeared approximately 1000' in front of me in a left turn away from me. I started to turn left, but by that time the small aircraft was descending in a left turn off my right. I am not aware if the small aircraft was climbing or level flight when I saw it. I ruled out a descent by the attitude of the plane as it turned away from me. I'd like to rule out level flight because I do have a good traffic scan that I'm continually teaching to my students. The small transport has a long nose and if the small aircraft was climbing I would not have seen it, depending on its climb angle. I fly with strobes and beacons on. This is my first near miss in 11 yrs of flying in and around the la basin. The only way it could have possibly been prevented is if I had been using flight following. I have been denied flight following probably 75% of the time and only try occasionally now. Service denial is usually due to 'unable' or 'too busy for VFR's.' the aircraft is equipped with transponder and encoder which was on.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CONFLICT AT CRUISE ALT.
Narrative: I WAS CRUISING AT 11500' MSL FROM PORTERVILLE TO CHINO, CA (SE), FLYING AS STRAIGHT A LINE AS POSSIBLE, REMAINING OFF THE CENTER FREQS. I FLY THIS ROUTE AT LEAST ONCE A WK AND AM VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE FREQ CHANGE OVER POINTS. XING TEHACHAPI, I WAS MONITORING EDW ON 126.1, LISTENING FOR HIGH SPD TFC IN THE MOA. ALTIMETER WAS 29.95 AND I WAS INDICATING 11450' MSL. JUST AFTER XING THE EDGE OF THE MOUNTAINS S OF TEHACHAPI, I WAS COMPARING MY VISUAL REF POINTS TO THE D/G FOR WIND CORRECTION ANGLE. I WAS LOOKING STRAIGHT AHEAD WHEN AN SMA APPEARED APPROX 1000' IN FRONT OF ME IN A LEFT TURN AWAY FROM ME. I STARTED TO TURN LEFT, BUT BY THAT TIME THE SMA WAS DSNDING IN A LEFT TURN OFF MY RIGHT. I AM NOT AWARE IF THE SMA WAS CLBING OR LEVEL FLT WHEN I SAW IT. I RULED OUT A DSCNT BY THE ATTITUDE OF THE PLANE AS IT TURNED AWAY FROM ME. I'D LIKE TO RULE OUT LEVEL FLT BECAUSE I DO HAVE A GOOD TFC SCAN THAT I'M CONTINUALLY TEACHING TO MY STUDENTS. THE SMT HAS A LONG NOSE AND IF THE SMA WAS CLBING I WOULD NOT HAVE SEEN IT, DEPENDING ON ITS CLB ANGLE. I FLY WITH STROBES AND BEACONS ON. THIS IS MY FIRST NEAR MISS IN 11 YRS OF FLYING IN AND AROUND THE LA BASIN. THE ONLY WAY IT COULD HAVE POSSIBLY BEEN PREVENTED IS IF I HAD BEEN USING FLT FOLLOWING. I HAVE BEEN DENIED FLT FOLLOWING PROBABLY 75% OF THE TIME AND ONLY TRY OCCASIONALLY NOW. SVC DENIAL IS USUALLY DUE TO 'UNABLE' OR 'TOO BUSY FOR VFR'S.' THE ACFT IS EQUIPPED WITH TRANSPONDER AND ENCODER WHICH WAS ON.
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.