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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : cpm|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 25|
flight time total : 640
|Anomaly||conflict : ground less severe|
incursion : landing without clearance
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Miss Distance||vertical : 1500|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I departed meadowlark airport in huntington beach, ca, on a short flight (14 mi) to compton airport. While en route I monitored the ATIS at lgb (controled airport that sits directly between the 2 airports) because of its close proximity to compton it might report any special conditions in the general area. Lgb was not reporting anything unusual so once I reached about 5 mi out I tuned in the compton unicom on 122.9, called out my position and asked for any airport information. There was no response, but having been to the airport many times this was a common event. I again called my position on downwind, base and final with no response from the ground or from any aircraft that might be in the pattern. After turning final I was surprised by a plane that cut in front of me and landed forcing me to go around. Planes not using their radios are not uncommon at this airport (it is uncontrolled and has a low vol of traffic). Again I called out my position throughout the pattern (with no responses) and made my landing. I had to bring my plane to a full stop on the runway because a plane that had landed before me was blocking the turn off. I waited for a moment to see if the plane would move, turned my head just in time to see a plane landing on the runway that I was on. I quickly moved off the runway to avoid a conflict. Finally a voice came on the radio on 122.9 and informed me that there was a temporary tower on 120.1. When I responded, they said my transmission was garbled so I changed mics and got a loud and clear. The airport was in some disarray due to an earlier air fair. I asked the controller where to park and the response was that they weren't sure, so I parked in the usual transient area. Taxiing to the parking I xed a parallel runway that had been marked with temporary 'X's.' soon after I cleared the runway a plane departed, running over the 'X's' on the closed runway. The controller had been confusing in his instructions to the departing plane, then reprimanded the pilot, blaming him for not checking NOTAMS. After parking I went to the ap office to ask where the temporary tower was. I wanted to know why I was not responded to on 122.9 until on the ground and why a plane was allowed to land while I was still on the runway. It was too late, the temporary tower was shut down (permanently) at XA00 local time and the airport was back on 122.9. In my flight bag I had a copy of 'notices to airmen,' 6/thu/88-6/thu/88 and could not find a notice of a temporary tower at cpm on 6/X/88.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA LANDS AT ARPT WITHOUT CONTACTING TEMPORARY TWR AND CAUSES CONFLICT.
Narrative: I DEPARTED MEADOWLARK ARPT IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, ON A SHORT FLT (14 MI) TO COMPTON ARPT. WHILE ENRTE I MONITORED THE ATIS AT LGB (CTLED ARPT THAT SITS DIRECTLY BTWN THE 2 ARPTS) BECAUSE OF ITS CLOSE PROX TO COMPTON IT MIGHT RPT ANY SPECIAL CONDITIONS IN THE GENERAL AREA. LGB WAS NOT RPTING ANYTHING UNUSUAL SO ONCE I REACHED ABOUT 5 MI OUT I TUNED IN THE COMPTON UNICOM ON 122.9, CALLED OUT MY POS AND ASKED FOR ANY ARPT INFO. THERE WAS NO RESPONSE, BUT HAVING BEEN TO THE ARPT MANY TIMES THIS WAS A COMMON EVENT. I AGAIN CALLED MY POS ON DOWNWIND, BASE AND FINAL WITH NO RESPONSE FROM THE GND OR FROM ANY ACFT THAT MIGHT BE IN THE PATTERN. AFTER TURNING FINAL I WAS SURPRISED BY A PLANE THAT CUT IN FRONT OF ME AND LANDED FORCING ME TO GO AROUND. PLANES NOT USING THEIR RADIOS ARE NOT UNCOMMON AT THIS ARPT (IT IS UNCTLED AND HAS A LOW VOL OF TFC). AGAIN I CALLED OUT MY POS THROUGHOUT THE PATTERN (WITH NO RESPONSES) AND MADE MY LNDG. I HAD TO BRING MY PLANE TO A FULL STOP ON THE RWY BECAUSE A PLANE THAT HAD LANDED BEFORE ME WAS BLOCKING THE TURN OFF. I WAITED FOR A MOMENT TO SEE IF THE PLANE WOULD MOVE, TURNED MY HEAD JUST IN TIME TO SEE A PLANE LNDG ON THE RWY THAT I WAS ON. I QUICKLY MOVED OFF THE RWY TO AVOID A CONFLICT. FINALLY A VOICE CAME ON THE RADIO ON 122.9 AND INFORMED ME THAT THERE WAS A TEMPORARY TWR ON 120.1. WHEN I RESPONDED, THEY SAID MY XMISSION WAS GARBLED SO I CHANGED MICS AND GOT A LOUD AND CLEAR. THE ARPT WAS IN SOME DISARRAY DUE TO AN EARLIER AIR FAIR. I ASKED THE CTLR WHERE TO PARK AND THE RESPONSE WAS THAT THEY WEREN'T SURE, SO I PARKED IN THE USUAL TRANSIENT AREA. TAXIING TO THE PARKING I XED A PARALLEL RWY THAT HAD BEEN MARKED WITH TEMPORARY 'X'S.' SOON AFTER I CLRED THE RWY A PLANE DEPARTED, RUNNING OVER THE 'X'S' ON THE CLOSED RWY. THE CTLR HAD BEEN CONFUSING IN HIS INSTRUCTIONS TO THE DEPARTING PLANE, THEN REPRIMANDED THE PLT, BLAMING HIM FOR NOT CHKING NOTAMS. AFTER PARKING I WENT TO THE AP OFFICE TO ASK WHERE THE TEMPORARY TWR WAS. I WANTED TO KNOW WHY I WAS NOT RESPONDED TO ON 122.9 UNTIL ON THE GND AND WHY A PLANE WAS ALLOWED TO LAND WHILE I WAS STILL ON THE RWY. IT WAS TOO LATE, THE TEMPORARY TWR WAS SHUT DOWN (PERMANENTLY) AT XA00 LCL TIME AND THE ARPT WAS BACK ON 122.9. IN MY FLT BAG I HAD A COPY OF 'NOTICES TO AIRMEN,' 6/THU/88-6/THU/88 AND COULD NOT FIND A NOTICE OF A TEMPORARY TWR AT CPM ON 6/X/88.
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.