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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : bqk|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||ground : parked|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 210|
flight time total : 5500
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : insufficient time|
none taken : detected after the fact
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
During taxi from the ramp to runway 7 for departure, I taxied into another parked aircraft which was tied down on the ramp. Sunlight hitting the windshield which was fogged up by the morning dew caused me to not see the parked small aircraft until the last instant. I hit the brakes but was unable to stop before the propeller of my plane struck the left wind of the parked aircraft. Due to recent consolidation of the 2 local FBO's, aircraft are now being tied down in areas that used to be kept clear for aircraft to taxi between the ramp area and the txwys. There are no lines on the pavement to show where planes should taxi, and where others may be tied down. Consequently large areas of the ramp are now blocked by randomly parked planes. The dew on the windshield was not hampering my vision until the sunlight struck at a certain angle. Then west/O warning forward visibility went to 0. I thought I was in an area of free parked planes. Suggestions to prevent a recurrence: as much condensation as possible should be cleaned from windshield prior to taxi. Ramp area should be better organized and a path kept clear for planes to taxi out. Slower taxi speed and better vigilance when windshield is unavoidable fogged up. Windshield wipers to clear outside of windshield and an electric fan in the defrost system so defroster will work on the ground.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PROPELLER STRUCK LEFT WING OF PARKED SMA DURING TAXI OUT OF RAMP AREA .
Narrative: DURING TAXI FROM THE RAMP TO RWY 7 FOR DEP, I TAXIED INTO ANOTHER PARKED ACFT WHICH WAS TIED DOWN ON THE RAMP. SUNLIGHT HITTING THE WINDSHIELD WHICH WAS FOGGED UP BY THE MORNING DEW CAUSED ME TO NOT SEE THE PARKED SMA UNTIL THE LAST INSTANT. I HIT THE BRAKES BUT WAS UNABLE TO STOP BEFORE THE PROP OF MY PLANE STRUCK THE LEFT WIND OF THE PARKED ACFT. DUE TO RECENT CONSOLIDATION OF THE 2 LCL FBO'S, ACFT ARE NOW BEING TIED DOWN IN AREAS THAT USED TO BE KEPT CLEAR FOR ACFT TO TAXI BTWN THE RAMP AREA AND THE TXWYS. THERE ARE NO LINES ON THE PAVEMENT TO SHOW WHERE PLANES SHOULD TAXI, AND WHERE OTHERS MAY BE TIED DOWN. CONSEQUENTLY LARGE AREAS OF THE RAMP ARE NOW BLOCKED BY RANDOMLY PARKED PLANES. THE DEW ON THE WINDSHIELD WAS NOT HAMPERING MY VISION UNTIL THE SUNLIGHT STRUCK AT A CERTAIN ANGLE. THEN W/O WARNING FORWARD VIS WENT TO 0. I THOUGHT I WAS IN AN AREA OF FREE PARKED PLANES. SUGGESTIONS TO PREVENT A RECURRENCE: AS MUCH CONDENSATION AS POSSIBLE SHOULD BE CLEANED FROM WINDSHIELD PRIOR TO TAXI. RAMP AREA SHOULD BE BETTER ORGANIZED AND A PATH KEPT CLEAR FOR PLANES TO TAXI OUT. SLOWER TAXI SPD AND BETTER VIGILANCE WHEN WINDSHIELD IS UNAVOIDABLE FOGGED UP. WINDSHIELD WIPERS TO CLEAR OUTSIDE OF WINDSHIELD AND AN ELECTRIC FAN IN THE DEFROST SYS SO DEFROSTER WILL WORK ON THE GND.
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.