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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : rhv|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 800|
msl bound upper : 1500
|Controlling Facilities||tower : rhv|
tower : cgx
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 1150
flight time type : 200
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||incursion : runway|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
other flight crewa
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
flight crew : became reoriented
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
After departure from san jose, the tower handed me off to rhv after leaving 500' MSL. After contacting rhv tower, I was given instructions that were broken up and I thought I heard, 'cleared to land on the left.' I called back for clarification and asked, 'was that cleared for the left?' the tower replied, 'affirmative, cleared for the left.' since sjc was using runway 12, I was making a straight in approach for 13L at rhv. When I was about 1 mi final 13L, rhv tower called me and said that runway 31 was the active and to make a right downwind for 31R. At that time I acknowledged, turned toward the left and climbed from 800' to pattern altitude of 1100' and entered right downwind and base and landed. The confusion was caused when the initial call up to rhv tower was broken up and I asked the question if I was 'cleared for the left.' the controller must have assumed that I knew that 31 was the active instead of 13 since he didn't say cleared for '31' left. I should have asked if I was cleared for '13' left instead of saying just cleared for the 'left.' either one of us could have avoided the miscom by inserting the runway number in front of the 'left' when I called back for clarification of clearance. From this point on all of my communications will include the runway number and hopefully the controllers will also do the same.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: APCH TO WRONG RWY, CONFUSION DUE IN PART TO PHRASEOLOGY.
Narrative: AFTER DEP FROM SAN JOSE, THE TWR HANDED ME OFF TO RHV AFTER LEAVING 500' MSL. AFTER CONTACTING RHV TWR, I WAS GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS THAT WERE BROKEN UP AND I THOUGHT I HEARD, 'CLRED TO LAND ON THE LEFT.' I CALLED BACK FOR CLARIFICATION AND ASKED, 'WAS THAT CLRED FOR THE LEFT?' THE TWR REPLIED, 'AFFIRMATIVE, CLRED FOR THE LEFT.' SINCE SJC WAS USING RWY 12, I WAS MAKING A STRAIGHT IN APCH FOR 13L AT RHV. WHEN I WAS ABOUT 1 MI FINAL 13L, RHV TWR CALLED ME AND SAID THAT RWY 31 WAS THE ACTIVE AND TO MAKE A RIGHT DOWNWIND FOR 31R. AT THAT TIME I ACKNOWLEDGED, TURNED TOWARD THE LEFT AND CLBED FROM 800' TO PATTERN ALT OF 1100' AND ENTERED RIGHT DOWNWIND AND BASE AND LANDED. THE CONFUSION WAS CAUSED WHEN THE INITIAL CALL UP TO RHV TWR WAS BROKEN UP AND I ASKED THE QUESTION IF I WAS 'CLRED FOR THE LEFT.' THE CTLR MUST HAVE ASSUMED THAT I KNEW THAT 31 WAS THE ACTIVE INSTEAD OF 13 SINCE HE DIDN'T SAY CLRED FOR '31' LEFT. I SHOULD HAVE ASKED IF I WAS CLRED FOR '13' LEFT INSTEAD OF SAYING JUST CLRED FOR THE 'LEFT.' EITHER ONE OF US COULD HAVE AVOIDED THE MISCOM BY INSERTING THE RWY NUMBER IN FRONT OF THE 'LEFT' WHEN I CALLED BACK FOR CLARIFICATION OF CLRNC. FROM THIS POINT ON ALL OF MY COMS WILL INCLUDE THE RWY NUMBER AND HOPEFULLY THE CTLRS WILL ALSO DO THE SAME.
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.