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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : syr|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 860|
msl bound upper : 2000
|Controlling Facilities||tower : syr|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||instruction : instructor|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
pilot : flight engineer
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 300|
flight time total : 1400
flight time type : 350
|Function||instruction : trainee|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Anomaly||altitude deviation : crossing restriction not met|
non adherence : published procedure
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
We were cleared for the VOR runway 14 approach. I gave the student the required heading to keep the course deviation indicator centered and advised him we were over the VOR. He established an 800 FPM rate of descent, at which time I noticed the DME blink off. I looked up and realized we were tracking the #2 VOR instead of the #1 VOR (which had been set for the approach). We continued on the approach and descended .5 mi prior to the final approach fix. We came close to a tower that was 574' 1.3 NM from the final approach fix, but on the descent side of the final approach fix. Tower didn't say anything to us, and I doubt approach control or tower saw us descend early, too much teaching ad not enough concentrating.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LIGHT ACFT ON IFR TRAINING FLT IN IMC TRACKS WRONG NAVIGATION RECEIVER, THUS DESCENDING EARLY ON APCH.
Narrative: WE WERE CLRED FOR THE VOR RWY 14 APCH. I GAVE THE STUDENT THE REQUIRED HDG TO KEEP THE COURSE DEVIATION INDICATOR CENTERED AND ADVISED HIM WE WERE OVER THE VOR. HE ESTABLISHED AN 800 FPM RATE OF DSCNT, AT WHICH TIME I NOTICED THE DME BLINK OFF. I LOOKED UP AND REALIZED WE WERE TRACKING THE #2 VOR INSTEAD OF THE #1 VOR (WHICH HAD BEEN SET FOR THE APCH). WE CONTINUED ON THE APCH AND DESCENDED .5 MI PRIOR TO THE FINAL APCH FIX. WE CAME CLOSE TO A TWR THAT WAS 574' 1.3 NM FROM THE FINAL APCH FIX, BUT ON THE DSCNT SIDE OF THE FINAL APCH FIX. TWR DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING TO US, AND I DOUBT APCH CTL OR TWR SAW US DSND EARLY, TOO MUCH TEACHING AD NOT ENOUGH CONCENTRATING.
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.