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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : hsv.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 3500|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : hsv.tower|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||PA-28 Cherokee/Archer II/Dakota/Pillan/Warrior|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Route In Use||arrival : vfr|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 78
flight time type : 78
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : diverted to another airport|
|Problem Areas||Environmental Factor|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
The flight was going well until about halfway. My radio started having a lot of static in it. I tried turning the volume up and down. Nothing worked. It got louder. When I arrived near the class C airspace, I started calling approach, but I was unable to hear any response. I first tried to listen to ATIS, but I couldn't hear anything. I tried CTAF and then anniston radio several times, but I couldn't hear anything but static. To prevent entering the airspace, I circled outside of it several times, while trying to communicate on several different channels. After completing a turn, I noticed a runway. Thinking it was huntsville, I turned on my landing light. I announced that I was having radio problems. I began flashing my landing light several times, after which I noticed a green light. I flashed my landing light again. Though I could only hear static, I asked and announced my intention. I looked to make sure it was clear of traffic and not seeing a red light I landed. After clearing the runway, I tried to contact the tower, but didn't get any response. As I looked around, I realized that I wasn't at huntsville. I got my cell phone out and called anniston FSS, and informed them that I was having radio problems and landing at the wrong airport.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A NEW PVT PLT, FLYING AT NIGHT, EXPERIENCED RADIO PROBS. HE BECAME SO DISTRACTED BY THIS THAT HE LANDED AT THE WRONG ARPT.
Narrative: THE FLT WAS GOING WELL UNTIL ABOUT HALFWAY. MY RADIO STARTED HAVING A LOT OF STATIC IN IT. I TRIED TURNING THE VOLUME UP AND DOWN. NOTHING WORKED. IT GOT LOUDER. WHEN I ARRIVED NEAR THE CLASS C AIRSPACE, I STARTED CALLING APCH, BUT I WAS UNABLE TO HEAR ANY RESPONSE. I FIRST TRIED TO LISTEN TO ATIS, BUT I COULDN'T HEAR ANYTHING. I TRIED CTAF AND THEN ANNISTON RADIO SEVERAL TIMES, BUT I COULDN'T HEAR ANYTHING BUT STATIC. TO PREVENT ENTERING THE AIRSPACE, I CIRCLED OUTSIDE OF IT SEVERAL TIMES, WHILE TRYING TO COMMUNICATE ON SEVERAL DIFFERENT CHANNELS. AFTER COMPLETING A TURN, I NOTICED A RWY. THINKING IT WAS HUNTSVILLE, I TURNED ON MY LNDG LIGHT. I ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS HAVING RADIO PROBS. I BEGAN FLASHING MY LNDG LIGHT SEVERAL TIMES, AFTER WHICH I NOTICED A GREEN LIGHT. I FLASHED MY LNDG LIGHT AGAIN. THOUGH I COULD ONLY HEAR STATIC, I ASKED AND ANNOUNCED MY INTENTION. I LOOKED TO MAKE SURE IT WAS CLR OF TFC AND NOT SEEING A RED LIGHT I LANDED. AFTER CLRING THE RWY, I TRIED TO CONTACT THE TWR, BUT DIDN'T GET ANY RESPONSE. AS I LOOKED AROUND, I REALIZED THAT I WASN'T AT HUNTSVILLE. I GOT MY CELL PHONE OUT AND CALLED ANNISTON FSS, AND INFORMED THEM THAT I WAS HAVING RADIO PROBS AND LNDG AT THE WRONG ARPT.
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.