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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : pfn|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 5500|
msl bound upper : 5500
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zjx|
tower : dca
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 270|
flight time total : 11300
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
On the morning of 8/sun/88, I took off on a flight in twin small aircraft. As this was a different airplane than I normally fly, my first leg was not IFR until I had a chance to fly small aircraft to check what worked and what did not. I also wanted to check the VOR's for errors. So, my first leg was VFR. In plotting my flight on my commercial chart, low altitude en route chart 31-32, also drawing my course on WAC chart ch-24, I misread the identify for restr area 2914A. I looked up all the information for R2917, which states on WAC ch-24 de funiak springs, fl, to 5000' continuous ZJX. I assumed I could and did overfly the restr area at 5500'. Unbeknownst to me, I was in R2914A, which is at valparaiso, fl. Altitude is unlimited exclude airspace within R2917. I certainly would not have intentionally entered the airspace had I read it correctly. My suggestion is to redraw all restr areas with less confusion because of more than 1 identify in each box. Also, why have an area you can overfly at 5000' inside a restr area you cannot fly over at all? It only adds to confusion.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MISREAD CHART AND PENETRATED RESTR AREA.
Narrative: ON THE MORNING OF 8/SUN/88, I TOOK OFF ON A FLT IN TWIN SMA. AS THIS WAS A DIFFERENT AIRPLANE THAN I NORMALLY FLY, MY FIRST LEG WAS NOT IFR UNTIL I HAD A CHANCE TO FLY SMA TO CHK WHAT WORKED AND WHAT DID NOT. I ALSO WANTED TO CHK THE VOR'S FOR ERRORS. SO, MY FIRST LEG WAS VFR. IN PLOTTING MY FLT ON MY COMMERCIAL CHART, LOW ALT ENRTE CHART 31-32, ALSO DRAWING MY COURSE ON WAC CHART CH-24, I MISREAD THE IDENT FOR RESTR AREA 2914A. I LOOKED UP ALL THE INFO FOR R2917, WHICH STATES ON WAC CH-24 DE FUNIAK SPRINGS, FL, TO 5000' CONTINUOUS ZJX. I ASSUMED I COULD AND DID OVERFLY THE RESTR AREA AT 5500'. UNBEKNOWNST TO ME, I WAS IN R2914A, WHICH IS AT VALPARAISO, FL. ALT IS UNLIMITED EXCLUDE AIRSPACE WITHIN R2917. I CERTAINLY WOULD NOT HAVE INTENTIONALLY ENTERED THE AIRSPACE HAD I READ IT CORRECTLY. MY SUGGESTION IS TO REDRAW ALL RESTR AREAS WITH LESS CONFUSION BECAUSE OF MORE THAN 1 IDENT IN EACH BOX. ALSO, WHY HAVE AN AREA YOU CAN OVERFLY AT 5000' INSIDE A RESTR AREA YOU CANNOT FLY OVER AT ALL? IT ONLY ADDS TO CONFUSION.
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.