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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : arr|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 800|
msl bound upper : 1000
|Controlling Facilities||tower : arr|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : clearance|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Today, 1/89, I was saved from an embarrassing incident by the helpful controller at arrival. I was approaching the airfield from the southeast and was cleared to land on runway 27 and to enter and report a left base. I had it in my mind that I would be landing on runway 9. From my position, landing on runway 9 would be either a right downwind entry or a right base entry and I noted this to the controller and I was once again cleared to land. When it became obvious to the controller that I was entering the downwind for runway 9, he mentioned that fact and I finally realized my error. 5 yrs ago I would not have given this incident a second thought. However, with all of the publicity about FAA enforcement, any kind of incident makes me uneasy. My perception of how the ATC system should work is for it to be a team effort between the pilots and the controllers. It scares me in that at this point in time, it appears that more of an adversarial relationship is starting to develop, instead of a team effort. This can't be good for either group or for the millions who travel by air every year. A lot has been written in aviation related magazines lately about this topic. The point of view is usually from the cockpit. I would be interested in the attitudes and perceptions of the controllers.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ENTERED TRAFFIC PATTERN FOR WRONG RWY.
Narrative: TODAY, 1/89, I WAS SAVED FROM AN EMBARRASSING INCIDENT BY THE HELPFUL CTLR AT ARR. I WAS APCHING THE AIRFIELD FROM THE SE AND WAS CLRED TO LAND ON RWY 27 AND TO ENTER AND RPT A LEFT BASE. I HAD IT IN MY MIND THAT I WOULD BE LNDG ON RWY 9. FROM MY POS, LNDG ON RWY 9 WOULD BE EITHER A RIGHT DOWNWIND ENTRY OR A RIGHT BASE ENTRY AND I NOTED THIS TO THE CTLR AND I WAS ONCE AGAIN CLRED TO LAND. WHEN IT BECAME OBVIOUS TO THE CTLR THAT I WAS ENTERING THE DOWNWIND FOR RWY 9, HE MENTIONED THAT FACT AND I FINALLY REALIZED MY ERROR. 5 YRS AGO I WOULD NOT HAVE GIVEN THIS INCIDENT A SECOND THOUGHT. HOWEVER, WITH ALL OF THE PUBLICITY ABOUT FAA ENFORCEMENT, ANY KIND OF INCIDENT MAKES ME UNEASY. MY PERCEPTION OF HOW THE ATC SYS SHOULD WORK IS FOR IT TO BE A TEAM EFFORT BTWN THE PLTS AND THE CTLRS. IT SCARES ME IN THAT AT THIS POINT IN TIME, IT APPEARS THAT MORE OF AN ADVERSARIAL RELATIONSHIP IS STARTING TO DEVELOP, INSTEAD OF A TEAM EFFORT. THIS CAN'T BE GOOD FOR EITHER GROUP OR FOR THE MILLIONS WHO TRAVEL BY AIR EVERY YEAR. A LOT HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN AVIATION RELATED MAGAZINES LATELY ABOUT THIS TOPIC. THE POINT OF VIEW IS USUALLY FROM THE COCKPIT. I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THE ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTIONS OF THE CTLRS.
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.