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What happens in G airspace stays in G airspace: My first ASRS report

I got to file my first NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) report this week. You all know this, but the ASRS allows pilots and flight crew to anonymously report any unsafe condition relating to the aviation in the United States. If the FAA ever brings certificate enforcement action against you for something stupid you've done, having made an ASRS report will provide you with immunity for that mistake. (Some limitations apply, e.g., you can only use the immunity once every 5 years; and you can't get immunity for criminal acts.)

It's a good program, and when you make a mistake, you should use it. No, I'm not going to tell you what I did, but it was pretty embarrassing. No metal was bent, though I suspect a volley of expletives was loosed in my direction. The learning never stops...

Geoff Rapoport

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