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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : ric|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 27000|
msl bound upper : 31000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zdc|
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Medium Large Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute airway : j52|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time total : 8500
flight time type : 200
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Anomaly||altitude deviation : crossing restriction not met|
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
En route to dca from savannah we were issued the crossing restriction of FL270, 80 south of ric VOR on J52. As I recall it was not a clearance that required a rapid descent. During the descent I was busy with normal copilot functions, eg, checklists, ATIS, frequency changes and monitoring for tracking, my other concern was the basic airmanship of the captain as he was a bit rusty. As it turns out, I was too, as we missed our restriction by nearly 4000'. After being questioned by the next controller, I responded that 'yes, we had a restriction and would descend rapidly.' no further comments were made. The real problem concerns a captain whose entire thought process was not dedicated to a particular flight thus requiring any copilot to do 2 jobs-his and the captain's. Safety is not compromised as the basic skills are evident. Accuracy and attention to detail did suffer. This report is being discussed with my aviation director and other crew members emphasizing the need for constant vigilance with certain crew members. It is hoped that we can correct this situation.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MISSED CROSSING RESTRICTION BY 4000'.
Narrative: ENRTE TO DCA FROM SAVANNAH WE WERE ISSUED THE XING RESTRICTION OF FL270, 80 S OF RIC VOR ON J52. AS I RECALL IT WAS NOT A CLRNC THAT REQUIRED A RAPID DSCNT. DURING THE DSCNT I WAS BUSY WITH NORMAL COPLT FUNCTIONS, EG, CHKLISTS, ATIS, FREQ CHANGES AND MONITORING FOR TRACKING, MY OTHER CONCERN WAS THE BASIC AIRMANSHIP OF THE CAPT AS HE WAS A BIT RUSTY. AS IT TURNS OUT, I WAS TOO, AS WE MISSED OUR RESTRICTION BY NEARLY 4000'. AFTER BEING QUESTIONED BY THE NEXT CTLR, I RESPONDED THAT 'YES, WE HAD A RESTRICTION AND WOULD DSND RAPIDLY.' NO FURTHER COMMENTS WERE MADE. THE REAL PROB CONCERNS A CAPT WHOSE ENTIRE THOUGHT PROCESS WAS NOT DEDICATED TO A PARTICULAR FLT THUS REQUIRING ANY COPLT TO DO 2 JOBS-HIS AND THE CAPT'S. SAFETY IS NOT COMPROMISED AS THE BASIC SKILLS ARE EVIDENT. ACCURACY AND ATTN TO DETAIL DID SUFFER. THIS RPT IS BEING DISCUSSED WITH MY AVIATION DIRECTOR AND OTHER CREW MEMBERS EMPHASIZING THE NEED FOR CONSTANT VIGILANCE WITH CERTAIN CREW MEMBERS. IT IS HOPED THAT WE CAN CORRECT THIS SITUATION.
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.