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|Locale Reference||airport : sbp.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||M-20 E Super 21|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 25|
flight time total : 420
flight time type : 15
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Anomaly||airspace violation : entry|
non adherence : published procedure
other spatial deviation
aircraft equipment problem : critical
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : executed go around|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was on a long cross country practice flight from L35 to sbp. I was using vors and a GPS as a back-up for navigation. My GPS was set in error to smx instead of sbp. I contacted sbp tower to advise that I was 10 mi out for landing. I followed instructions for a straight in for runway 29 (sbp). I was on short final when I realized that I was heading for runway 30 (smx). I aborted the final approach, climbed to 2500 ft MSL as I advised sbp tower that I was at the wrong airport. I landed at sbp without incident. This situation could have been prevented, if I would have crosschecked the GPS with my flight plan and chart. I disabled my GPS for the return flight and practiced VOR flight with vors and chart only. It works.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A GPS ENTRY ERROR IS A FACTOR IN AN APCH TO THE WRONG ARPT.
Narrative: I WAS ON A LONG XCOUNTRY PRACTICE FLT FROM L35 TO SBP. I WAS USING VORS AND A GPS AS A BACK-UP FOR NAV. MY GPS WAS SET IN ERROR TO SMX INSTEAD OF SBP. I CONTACTED SBP TWR TO ADVISE THAT I WAS 10 MI OUT FOR LNDG. I FOLLOWED INSTRUCTIONS FOR A STRAIGHT IN FOR RWY 29 (SBP). I WAS ON SHORT FINAL WHEN I REALIZED THAT I WAS HDG FOR RWY 30 (SMX). I ABORTED THE FINAL APCH, CLBED TO 2500 FT MSL AS I ADVISED SBP TWR THAT I WAS AT THE WRONG ARPT. I LANDED AT SBP WITHOUT INCIDENT. THIS SIT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED, IF I WOULD HAVE XCHKED THE GPS WITH MY FLT PLAN AND CHART. I DISABLED MY GPS FOR THE RETURN FLT AND PRACTICED VOR FLT WITH VORS AND CHART ONLY. IT WORKS.
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.