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|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 600|
|Make Model Name||Jet Ranger/Kiowa/206|
|Operating Under FAR Part||other : 137|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Route In Use||arrival : vfr|
|Make Model Name||PA-28 Cherokee/Archer II/Dakota/Pillan/Warrior|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : commercial
pilot : multi engine
pilot : instrument
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 15000
flight time type : 200
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
conflict : airborne critical
non adherence : published procedure
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : insufficient time|
|Problem Areas||Airspace Structure|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
I was returning from an aerial application flight. I approached the airport from the southeast on a heading of 310 degrees. I was north of the runway extended centerline and was planning to land on the ramp. Approximately 1/2 mi from the departure end of runway and at 600 ft; I observed a piper at the same altitude and approximately 300 ft to my left. Since we were abeam and in opposite headings no evasive actions were taken. I had made several position calls of my intentions to land on the ramp and had heard no radio traffic on the CTAF. I immediately checked my radio panel and the radio was set to the correct frequency. I continued to land on the ramp and on further checking I found my headset was plugged into the company's business band radio and I was not monitoring the CTAF as I had thought. I had forgotten to switch the plug to the correct radio. The fact that the plug is above and behind the head does not lend it to an easy visual inspection. Plus the lack of side tone when I transmitted hadn't raised any flags; as the company radio which I use while spraying doesn't have any side tone. I was not expecting any other traffic as I had worked around the airport on several occasions within the preceding 2 months and had never seen any other aircraft. I had become complacent working in a low traffic environment for the past 3 months.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B06 AND PA28 HAVE CLOSE ENCOUNTER. HELI PLT WAS XMITTING INTENTIONS ON WRONG XMITTER.
Narrative: I WAS RETURNING FROM AN AERIAL APPLICATION FLT. I APCHED THE ARPT FROM THE SE ON A HDG OF 310 DEGS. I WAS N OF THE RWY EXTENDED CTRLINE AND WAS PLANNING TO LAND ON THE RAMP. APPROX 1/2 MI FROM THE DEP END OF RWY AND AT 600 FT; I OBSERVED A PIPER AT THE SAME ALT AND APPROX 300 FT TO MY L. SINCE WE WERE ABEAM AND IN OPPOSITE HDGS NO EVASIVE ACTIONS WERE TAKEN. I HAD MADE SEVERAL POS CALLS OF MY INTENTIONS TO LAND ON THE RAMP AND HAD HEARD NO RADIO TFC ON THE CTAF. I IMMEDIATELY CHKED MY RADIO PANEL AND THE RADIO WAS SET TO THE CORRECT FREQ. I CONTINUED TO LAND ON THE RAMP AND ON FURTHER CHKING I FOUND MY HEADSET WAS PLUGGED INTO THE COMPANY'S BUSINESS BAND RADIO AND I WAS NOT MONITORING THE CTAF AS I HAD THOUGHT. I HAD FORGOTTEN TO SWITCH THE PLUG TO THE CORRECT RADIO. THE FACT THAT THE PLUG IS ABOVE AND BEHIND THE HEAD DOES NOT LEND IT TO AN EASY VISUAL INSPECTION. PLUS THE LACK OF SIDE TONE WHEN I XMITTED HADN'T RAISED ANY FLAGS; AS THE COMPANY RADIO WHICH I USE WHILE SPRAYING DOESN'T HAVE ANY SIDE TONE. I WAS NOT EXPECTING ANY OTHER TFC AS I HAD WORKED AROUND THE ARPT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS WITHIN THE PRECEDING 2 MONTHS AND HAD NEVER SEEN ANY OTHER ACFT. I HAD BECOME COMPLACENT WORKING IN A LOW TFC ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PAST 3 MONTHS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 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.