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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : ord|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Large Transport, Low Wing, 3 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 15000
flight time type : 2000
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
This report is only for the purposes of reporting a hazardous situation at O'hare on the ground. This is caused by some very bright area illuminating lamps (probably mercury-vapor) that blind pilots taxiing at night and destroys night vision. These lights are mounted on one tall pole and there are 3 or 4 lamps pointed in different directions. The area illuminated is a baggage cart and cargo container storage or holding area located between the 'outer-cargo' taxiway, and the 9R/27L parallel taxiway just east of the 'north-south' taxiway and west of the 'branch' taxiway. One light points directly at aircraft taxiing eastbound on 9R parallel for takeoff on runway 27L or 22L. This is very bad!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FLT CREW COMPLAINT ABOUT OVERHEAD RAMP LIGHTS BLINDING FLT CREWS AS THEY TAXI FOR TKOF ON RWYS 22L/27L AT ORD.
Narrative: THIS RPT IS ONLY FOR THE PURPOSES OF RPTING A HAZARDOUS SIT AT O'HARE ON THE GND. THIS IS CAUSED BY SOME VERY BRIGHT AREA ILLUMINATING LAMPS (PROBABLY MERCURY-VAPOR) THAT BLIND PLTS TAXIING AT NIGHT AND DESTROYS NIGHT VISION. THESE LIGHTS ARE MOUNTED ON ONE TALL POLE AND THERE ARE 3 OR 4 LAMPS POINTED IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS. THE AREA ILLUMINATED IS A BAGGAGE CART AND CARGO CONTAINER STORAGE OR HOLDING AREA LOCATED BTWN THE 'OUTER-CARGO' TXWY, AND THE 9R/27L PARALLEL TXWY JUST E OF THE 'N-S' TXWY AND W OF THE 'BRANCH' TXWY. ONE LIGHT POINTS DIRECTLY AT ACFT TAXIING EBND ON 9R PARALLEL FOR TKOF ON RWY 27L OR 22L. THIS IS VERY BAD!
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.