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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : mht|
airport : ash
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 1000|
agl bound upper : 1000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : mht|
tower : ash
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : student|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 3|
flight time total : 93
flight time type : 93
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
This was my first solo cross country and based on that fact I was very nervous. I was heading towards nashua on my way back from sanford and I was using vors, dead reckoning, pilotage to track my course. I was also receiving flight following from mht approach. When mht approach called to ask if I saw the airport (nashua) I didn't. I then started to get nervous because I thought perhaps I was off course and the airport was really closer than what I was thinking. Mht approach called to see if I had it in sight yet and what I thought must be nashua was really mht. I told them I had the airport in sight and they told me to switch to nashua tower, while I started to enter a 45 to a downwind. At the exact moment, I realized that it was not nashua, nashua tower called to say I was really at mht. So I switched frequencys like I was told to and I climbed and turned. Mht approach then gave me exact vectors to nashua. What it all comes down to was I was really nervous and I panicked when I didn't have the airport in sight. I did make it back to nashua on the second attempt and landed safely.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: STUDENT PLT ON FIRST SOLO XCOUNTRY ENTERED THE TFC PATTERN FOR THE WRONG NEARBY ARPT.
Narrative: THIS WAS MY FIRST SOLO XCOUNTRY AND BASED ON THAT FACT I WAS VERY NERVOUS. I WAS HEADING TOWARDS NASHUA ON MY WAY BACK FROM SANFORD AND I WAS USING VORS, DEAD RECKONING, PILOTAGE TO TRACK MY COURSE. I WAS ALSO RECEIVING FLT FOLLOWING FROM MHT APCH. WHEN MHT APCH CALLED TO ASK IF I SAW THE ARPT (NASHUA) I DIDN'T. I THEN STARTED TO GET NERVOUS BECAUSE I THOUGHT PERHAPS I WAS OFF COURSE AND THE ARPT WAS REALLY CLOSER THAN WHAT I WAS THINKING. MHT APCH CALLED TO SEE IF I HAD IT IN SIGHT YET AND WHAT I THOUGHT MUST BE NASHUA WAS REALLY MHT. I TOLD THEM I HAD THE ARPT IN SIGHT AND THEY TOLD ME TO SWITCH TO NASHUA TWR, WHILE I STARTED TO ENTER A 45 TO A DOWNWIND. AT THE EXACT MOMENT, I REALIZED THAT IT WAS NOT NASHUA, NASHUA TWR CALLED TO SAY I WAS REALLY AT MHT. SO I SWITCHED FREQS LIKE I WAS TOLD TO AND I CLBED AND TURNED. MHT APCH THEN GAVE ME EXACT VECTORS TO NASHUA. WHAT IT ALL COMES DOWN TO WAS I WAS REALLY NERVOUS AND I PANICKED WHEN I DIDN'T HAVE THE ARPT IN SIGHT. I DID MAKE IT BACK TO NASHUA ON THE SECOND ATTEMPT AND LANDED SAFELY.
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.