This is an excerpt from a report made to the Aviation Safety Reporting System. The narrative is written by the pilot, rather than FAA or NTSB officials. To maintain anonymity, many details, such as aircraft model or airport, are often scrubbed from the reports.
Was flying with a friend around the area. We departed and executed a 45 departure.
After reaching three miles northwest of the airport (directly over coast) I turned southbound. I made a call on CTAF that Aircraft X was three miles northwest at 1,000 feet following the shore southbound.
About 20 seconds after making that call I was looking out the left window and noticed an aircraft whiz from underneath and behind me and begin a turn inland. It is hard to judge the distance, but he was way too close for comfort.
Correcting an incident like this will only happen in three ways:
- Pilots use more time looking outside (I am sure he would’ve seen how close he was to me if he was paying attention).
- Radio usage, especially in busy Class E surface like that of Astoria.
- Require the use of ADS-B in all controlled airspace. I had my ADS-B on. This aircraft was not on ADS-B and was not making calls.
Further, he proceeded to perform touch and goes at Astoria without making a single call.
Primary Problem: Human Factors.