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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : cfb|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : bgm|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 7200
flight time type : 2000
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : clearance|
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
other flight crewa
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : returned to intended course or assigned course|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
While en route from alb to jhw on V72 I set my #2 VOR to uca VOR to identify sumit intersection. Distracted by cockpit duties, I forgot #2 was set to uca (frequency 111.2). When time came to switch to cfb VOR (112.2), I thought #2 was already set due to similarity of frequencys and when I switched #1 frequency changed it to uca instead of cfb. Tuning in the inbound course it appeared. I was well off course to the south, so I put in a 40 degree correction angle to the north. Both radios were in agreement, but I was navigating to the wrong station, because I had not tuned and idented the proper station. My correction did not bring me back to my selected course and I was entering a 'confused state of mind.' when binghampton approach told me I was well off the airway to the north and to start direct to elmira upon receiving, I wondered why I was off to the north and at that point discovered the wrong frequencys had been selected on both radios.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA PLT MISTUNES VORS RESULTING IN NAV ERROR.
Narrative: WHILE ENRTE FROM ALB TO JHW ON V72 I SET MY #2 VOR TO UCA VOR TO IDENT SUMIT INTXN. DISTRACTED BY COCKPIT DUTIES, I FORGOT #2 WAS SET TO UCA (FREQ 111.2). WHEN TIME CAME TO SWITCH TO CFB VOR (112.2), I THOUGHT #2 WAS ALREADY SET DUE TO SIMILARITY OF FREQS AND WHEN I SWITCHED #1 FREQ CHANGED IT TO UCA INSTEAD OF CFB. TUNING IN THE INBOUND COURSE IT APPEARED. I WAS WELL OFF COURSE TO THE S, SO I PUT IN A 40 DEG CORRECTION ANGLE TO THE N. BOTH RADIOS WERE IN AGREEMENT, BUT I WAS NAVING TO THE WRONG STATION, BECAUSE I HAD NOT TUNED AND IDENTED THE PROPER STATION. MY CORRECTION DID NOT BRING ME BACK TO MY SELECTED COURSE AND I WAS ENTERING A 'CONFUSED STATE OF MIND.' WHEN BINGHAMPTON APCH TOLD ME I WAS WELL OFF THE AIRWAY TO THE N AND TO START DIRECT TO ELMIRA UPON RECEIVING, I WONDERED WHY I WAS OFF TO THE N AND AT THAT POINT DISCOVERED THE WRONG FREQS HAD BEEN SELECTED ON BOTH RADIOS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.