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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : ues.airport|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Skyhawk 172/Cutlass 172|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 260|
flight time total : 26000
flight time type : 3000
|Function||controller : local|
|Anomaly||airspace violation : entry|
non adherence : far
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : landed as precaution|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I put the wrong coordinates in the GPS (1 digit off). I navigation'ed to the wrong airport at night. I was too low on fuel to spend much time sorting out the problem once I noted my mistake. Given the situation, I landed at the nearest suitable airport (because of my low fuel state at night) to sort out my navigation problem. It was after I landed that I figured out the GPS problem. The contributing factors causing this situation were: 1) a new airplane with a navigation GPS and mfd I was not thoroughly familiar with. 2) not knowing (trusting) the airplane fuel gauge's accuracy well enough. Solution: I should have been more familiar with the navigation system to perform the checks necessary to catch the problem before it occurred.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: C172 VIOLATES CLASS D AIRSPACE BECAUSE OF GPS NAV ERROR AND LOW FUEL.
Narrative: I PUT THE WRONG COORDINATES IN THE GPS (1 DIGIT OFF). I NAV'ED TO THE WRONG ARPT AT NIGHT. I WAS TOO LOW ON FUEL TO SPEND MUCH TIME SORTING OUT THE PROB ONCE I NOTED MY MISTAKE. GIVEN THE SIT, I LANDED AT THE NEAREST SUITABLE ARPT (BECAUSE OF MY LOW FUEL STATE AT NIGHT) TO SORT OUT MY NAV PROB. IT WAS AFTER I LANDED THAT I FIGURED OUT THE GPS PROB. THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS CAUSING THIS SIT WERE: 1) A NEW AIRPLANE WITH A NAV GPS AND MFD I WAS NOT THOROUGHLY FAMILIAR WITH. 2) NOT KNOWING (TRUSTING) THE AIRPLANE FUEL GAUGE'S ACCURACY WELL ENOUGH. SOLUTION: I SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE FAMILIAR WITH THE NAV SYS TO PERFORM THE CHKS NECESSARY TO CATCH THE PROB BEFORE IT OCCURRED.
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.