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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : ric|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 8000|
msl bound upper : 8000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : ric|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute airway : v157|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 24|
flight time total : 1145
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : departure|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Primary Problem||ATC Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Operational Deviation|
Proceeding south on V157, I was in good communications contact with ric approach/departure control. At some point south of richmond departure control should have passed me to some other control activity, probably ZDC or raleigh durham approach. When that did not happen, I tried to contact ric but was apparently too far away, so I looked up the frequency for raleigh durham approach and finally reached them when I was about 40 mi north of the raleigh durham VOR on V155. As a result, there was concern and confusion in the cockpit for a time while we were apparently under the control of no one. I suspect this incident occurred because the ric controller was rather busy at the time. He was especially involved with another pilot who kept questioning, arguing and complaining about vectors which kept him from flying direct to his destination. I thought the controller was exceptionally polite with this other pilot and probably should have been less tolerant of him.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: DEP CTLR FAILED TO CHANGE REPORTER OVER TO ZDC.
Narrative: PROCEEDING S ON V157, I WAS IN GOOD COMS CONTACT WITH RIC APCH/DEP CTL. AT SOME POINT S OF RICHMOND DEP CTL SHOULD HAVE PASSED ME TO SOME OTHER CTL ACTIVITY, PROBABLY ZDC OR RALEIGH DURHAM APCH. WHEN THAT DID NOT HAPPEN, I TRIED TO CONTACT RIC BUT WAS APPARENTLY TOO FAR AWAY, SO I LOOKED UP THE FREQ FOR RALEIGH DURHAM APCH AND FINALLY REACHED THEM WHEN I WAS ABOUT 40 MI N OF THE RALEIGH DURHAM VOR ON V155. AS A RESULT, THERE WAS CONCERN AND CONFUSION IN THE COCKPIT FOR A TIME WHILE WE WERE APPARENTLY UNDER THE CTL OF NO ONE. I SUSPECT THIS INCIDENT OCCURRED BECAUSE THE RIC CTLR WAS RATHER BUSY AT THE TIME. HE WAS ESPECIALLY INVOLVED WITH ANOTHER PLT WHO KEPT QUESTIONING, ARGUING AND COMPLAINING ABOUT VECTORS WHICH KEPT HIM FROM FLYING DIRECT TO HIS DEST. I THOUGHT THE CTLR WAS EXCEPTIONALLY POLITE WITH THIS OTHER PLT AND PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN LESS TOLERANT OF HIM.
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.