It's Not Too Late to File a NASA Report

July 2013
Alan Farkas
EAA Sport Aviation



Alan Farkas, co-chair of the firm’s Aerospace Practice Group, reviews an incident involving a misunderstanding between a pilot and an air traffic controller in the July 2013 edition of EAA Sport Aviation Magazine.

The article explains how a pilot had accidentally breached a temporary flight restriction (TFR) due to a miscommunication with air traffic control (ATC). The pilot had unknowingly entered and exited TFR airspace because he was under the direction of ATC, resulting in a call from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over a month later citing him for his actions. After the call from the FAA, the pilot had submitted an Aviation Safety Reporting System report (also known as ASRS or NASA report) even though he was past the 10-day deadline.

Alan met with the pilot months after his call from the FAA, learning that the FAA had accepted the pilot’s report. Alan notes that filing a NASA report, regardless of timing, can save any interruption to your flying privileges.

Republished with permission of EAA Sport Aviation Magazine.

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