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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : pit|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2500|
msl bound upper : 3000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : pit|
|Make Model Name||Fighter|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Affiliation||government : military|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : commercial
pilot : flight engineer
pilot : instrument
pilot : military
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 170|
flight time total : 8000
flight time type : 1250
|Function||observation : observer|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
After switching from ZOB to pgh approach control, I requested to cancel IFR and operate VFR below the pgh TCA. This was approved and I was asked if I would like flight following, to which I said, 'yes.' I operated my navy fgt over southeast pittsburgh, worked my way west and continued to upper saint clair and mount lebanon. Over my personal residence in upper saint clair, I turned right and performed a tight turn again over my home. After passing over the house a second time, I turned left, contacted approach and asked for vectors to the overhead pattern. The entire time I operated VFR. My altitude was always between 2500-3000' MSL. In addition, my IFF was set at 1200' (VFR) and my radar altimeter was at 1100', which never went off. I have been alleged to have been flying in a dangerously low altitude in the south hills area. I have 16 yrs military service, approximately 1250 hours in the fgt aircraft and am currently an air carrier large transport captain. I believe the terrain of this area may have given the illusion to ground observers that I was lower than I actually was.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MIL FGT REPORTED FOR LOW FLT MANEUVER OVER BUILT UP AREA.
Narrative: AFTER SWITCHING FROM ZOB TO PGH APCH CTL, I REQUESTED TO CANCEL IFR AND OPERATE VFR BELOW THE PGH TCA. THIS WAS APPROVED AND I WAS ASKED IF I WOULD LIKE FLT FOLLOWING, TO WHICH I SAID, 'YES.' I OPERATED MY NAVY FGT OVER SE PITTSBURGH, WORKED MY WAY W AND CONTINUED TO UPPER SAINT CLAIR AND MOUNT LEBANON. OVER MY PERSONAL RESIDENCE IN UPPER SAINT CLAIR, I TURNED R AND PERFORMED A TIGHT TURN AGAIN OVER MY HOME. AFTER PASSING OVER THE HOUSE A SECOND TIME, I TURNED L, CONTACTED APCH AND ASKED FOR VECTORS TO THE OVERHEAD PATTERN. THE ENTIRE TIME I OPERATED VFR. MY ALT WAS ALWAYS BTWN 2500-3000' MSL. IN ADDITION, MY IFF WAS SET AT 1200' (VFR) AND MY RADAR ALTIMETER WAS AT 1100', WHICH NEVER WENT OFF. I HAVE BEEN ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN FLYING IN A DANGEROUSLY LOW ALT IN THE SOUTH HILLS AREA. I HAVE 16 YRS MIL SVC, APPROX 1250 HRS IN THE FGT ACFT AND AM CURRENTLY AN ACR LGT CAPT. I BELIEVE THE TERRAIN OF THIS AREA MAY HAVE GIVEN THE ILLUSION TO GND OBSERVERS THAT I WAS LOWER THAN I ACTUALLY WAS.
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.