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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : mgw|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 11000|
msl bound upper : 11000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zdc|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute airway : v44|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 28|
flight time total : 296
flight time type : 275
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
IFR flight from columbus, oh (osu) to manassas, va (wio). After being handed off to cleveland center upon passing the zanesville VORTAC on R144 eastbound, I flew direct to the morgantown VORTAC and then R44 direct martinsburg VORTAC. Approximately 7 NM west of martinsburg, I contacted cleveland center to inquire about a frequency change and was informed I should have been talking to washington center for the past 40 NM! I immediately contacted washington center where I was handed off the dulles approach and proceeded to manassas airport west/O further incident. Upon closer review of the low altitude en route chart, I did notice that a frequency change should take place 34 NM east of the morgantown VORTAC on V44 at the lizio international. In retrospect, I know I should have been paying closer attention to the chart rather than marveling at my 163 KT ground speed at 11000'. The long period in which I was not contacted or did not receive a frequency change from cleveland center should have alerted me to the fact there was a problem, where I could have made an earlier inquiry rather than traveling 53 NM into washington center airspace west/O contacting them.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA FAILED TO MAKE FREQ CHANGE UNTIL 40 NM INTO ADJACENT ARTCC SECTOR.
Narrative: IFR FLT FROM COLUMBUS, OH (OSU) TO MANASSAS, VA (WIO). AFTER BEING HANDED OFF TO CLEVELAND CENTER UPON PASSING THE ZANESVILLE VORTAC ON R144 EBND, I FLEW DIRECT TO THE MORGANTOWN VORTAC AND THEN R44 DIRECT MARTINSBURG VORTAC. APPROX 7 NM W OF MARTINSBURG, I CONTACTED CLEVELAND CENTER TO INQUIRE ABOUT A FREQ CHANGE AND WAS INFORMED I SHOULD HAVE BEEN TALKING TO WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE PAST 40 NM! I IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED WASHINGTON CENTER WHERE I WAS HANDED OFF THE DULLES APCH AND PROCEEDED TO MANASSAS ARPT W/O FURTHER INCIDENT. UPON CLOSER REVIEW OF THE LOW ALT ENRTE CHART, I DID NOTICE THAT A FREQ CHANGE SHOULD TAKE PLACE 34 NM E OF THE MORGANTOWN VORTAC ON V44 AT THE LIZIO INTL. IN RETROSPECT, I KNOW I SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAYING CLOSER ATTN TO THE CHART RATHER THAN MARVELING AT MY 163 KT GND SPEED AT 11000'. THE LONG PERIOD IN WHICH I WAS NOT CONTACTED OR DID NOT RECEIVE A FREQ CHANGE FROM CLEVELAND CENTER SHOULD HAVE ALERTED ME TO THE FACT THERE WAS A PROB, WHERE I COULD HAVE MADE AN EARLIER INQUIRY RATHER THAN TRAVELING 53 NM INTO WASHINGTON CENTER AIRSPACE W/O CONTACTING THEM.
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.