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I was flying under class bravo airspace at 1800 feet which was the legal altitude 1800 and below but my transponder is off by 200 feet so they thought I was 2000. when I landed and i had to talk to the tower. He did not say anything except be careful and turn your altimeter down next time and be careful. nothing else happened but am I OK? did the get my n number ? i never gave them my name or info.

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    $\begingroup$ Sounds like you just got a verbal warning because it was an honest mistake. Don't worry. I doubt the FBI is going to raid your house. The tower folks probably had more important things to do than file violation paperwork for a 200 ft altimeter error. $\endgroup$ – Ryan Mortensen Jun 4 '17 at 15:50
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    $\begingroup$ Disagree that this is a dupe. He didn't fly into B. He is asking how to deal with a call from ATC telling him to be careful. He's done nothing wrong. A question about dealing with the fallout from doing something wrong will have a different answer than a question about an ATC mistake. $\endgroup$ – acpilot Jun 4 '17 at 19:31
  • $\begingroup$ @acpilot I agree, not a duplicate. I think I voted to close this question as unclear. If Bob can clarify exactly what his question is, it might be worth re-opening. Given our current information, we probably don't know enough to answer his two questions properly ("am I OK?" and "did they get my N number?"). $\endgroup$ – J Walters Jun 5 '17 at 2:59
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You're probably fine. File a ASRS form all the same though.

The feds tend to focus on safety of flight issues or gross violations that indicate general incompetence. Some guy flying below a B shelf doesn't rise to the level of incompetence (because it's not). Worst case, you caused a resolution advisory for an airliner which, in the grand scheme, is not a huge deal (for you, legally) if you were following the rules (sounds like you were).

If you get a letter, call an aviation attorney. I doubt it will come to that though.

Keep on flying.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not clear there was even a violation, but I absolutely agree with the NASA ASRS report filing. $\endgroup$ – mongo Jun 6 '17 at 18:03

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