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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : cid|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 50|
agl bound upper : 100
|Controlling Facilities||tower : cid|
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 3800
flight time type : 2400
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited penetrated airspace|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I am an ag pilot with 10 yrs experience, based in grand forks, nd. I was sent to iowa (to a town called amana, 15 mi southwest of cid) to help a local applicator during the recent insect infestation. On several occasions prior to his incident, I was sent to spray fields inside cid's control zone. Each time I was told that contact would be made to the tower by phone, and it was. On the morning of 8/xx/88, I was given several maps with field descriptions I was not familiar with. En route I discovered that the fields lay within cid's control zone, just to the north. I circled the control zone and entered from the north (I assumed that contact had been made as usual). As the fields came into view I noticed 1 field lay directly off the end of runway 13. I also noticed that aircraft were using runway 27 (1/2 mi further south). I decided that I should spray the closest field first for 2 reasons: 1) since traffic was light and using a different runway than 13, it would be the most opportune time, and 2) it was the closest field (the others were over 1 mi away), so the tower would see me moving farther away instead of creeping closer. The field that I sprayed was parallel to runway 27, but only 1/8 mi off the end of runway 13. As a precaution to avoid unexpected traffic, all my turns were made to the north at altitudes of about 50' AGL (lower than normal 150-200') and at no time was the aircraft above 10' AGL while directly in line with the runway (well below normal approach or departure traffic). I left the area as I entered from the north. Upon returning to amana and discovering that no contact was made, I called the tower to explain. Even though traffic was light (2 arrs, 6 departures), the tower people were somewhat belligerent. I realize that I should have called the tower myself instead of assuming it was done (as I have on all other subsequent operations), and I did penetrate a control zone, but I think that tower personnel should be aware of all types of aircraft operations and the problems each has when sharing airspace. Non radio equipped aircraft have more problems of an unexpected nature when working regularly around control zones and lack of communications can cause misunderstandings.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PENETRATED ATA, NO CONTACT.
Narrative: I AM AN AG PLT WITH 10 YRS EXPERIENCE, BASED IN GRAND FORKS, ND. I WAS SENT TO IOWA (TO A TOWN CALLED AMANA, 15 MI SW OF CID) TO HELP A LCL APPLICATOR DURING THE RECENT INSECT INFESTATION. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS PRIOR TO HIS INCIDENT, I WAS SENT TO SPRAY FIELDS INSIDE CID'S CTL ZONE. EACH TIME I WAS TOLD THAT CONTACT WOULD BE MADE TO THE TWR BY PHONE, AND IT WAS. ON THE MORNING OF 8/XX/88, I WAS GIVEN SEVERAL MAPS WITH FIELD DESCRIPTIONS I WAS NOT FAMILIAR WITH. ENRTE I DISCOVERED THAT THE FIELDS LAY WITHIN CID'S CTL ZONE, JUST TO THE N. I CIRCLED THE CTL ZONE AND ENTERED FROM THE N (I ASSUMED THAT CONTACT HAD BEEN MADE AS USUAL). AS THE FIELDS CAME INTO VIEW I NOTICED 1 FIELD LAY DIRECTLY OFF THE END OF RWY 13. I ALSO NOTICED THAT ACFT WERE USING RWY 27 (1/2 MI FURTHER S). I DECIDED THAT I SHOULD SPRAY THE CLOSEST FIELD FIRST FOR 2 REASONS: 1) SINCE TFC WAS LIGHT AND USING A DIFFERENT RWY THAN 13, IT WOULD BE THE MOST OPPORTUNE TIME, AND 2) IT WAS THE CLOSEST FIELD (THE OTHERS WERE OVER 1 MI AWAY), SO THE TWR WOULD SEE ME MOVING FARTHER AWAY INSTEAD OF CREEPING CLOSER. THE FIELD THAT I SPRAYED WAS PARALLEL TO RWY 27, BUT ONLY 1/8 MI OFF THE END OF RWY 13. AS A PRECAUTION TO AVOID UNEXPECTED TFC, ALL MY TURNS WERE MADE TO THE N AT ALTS OF ABOUT 50' AGL (LOWER THAN NORMAL 150-200') AND AT NO TIME WAS THE ACFT ABOVE 10' AGL WHILE DIRECTLY IN LINE WITH THE RWY (WELL BELOW NORMAL APCH OR DEP TFC). I LEFT THE AREA AS I ENTERED FROM THE N. UPON RETURNING TO AMANA AND DISCOVERING THAT NO CONTACT WAS MADE, I CALLED THE TWR TO EXPLAIN. EVEN THOUGH TFC WAS LIGHT (2 ARRS, 6 DEPS), THE TWR PEOPLE WERE SOMEWHAT BELLIGERENT. I REALIZE THAT I SHOULD HAVE CALLED THE TWR MYSELF INSTEAD OF ASSUMING IT WAS DONE (AS I HAVE ON ALL OTHER SUBSEQUENT OPS), AND I DID PENETRATE A CTL ZONE, BUT I THINK THAT TWR PERSONNEL SHOULD BE AWARE OF ALL TYPES OF ACFT OPS AND THE PROBS EACH HAS WHEN SHARING AIRSPACE. NON RADIO EQUIPPED ACFT HAVE MORE PROBS OF AN UNEXPECTED NATURE WHEN WORKING REGULARLY AROUND CTL ZONES AND LACK OF COMS CAN CAUSE MISUNDERSTANDINGS.
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.