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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : mem.airport|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : departure|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller non radar : 6.5|
controller radar : 12.5
controller time certified in position1 : 5.7
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Problem Areas||ATC Human Performance|
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I was working west departure. At about XA38; I observed a data tag for air carrier X (a DC95) appear on my scope. I heard the departure east controller instruct the pilot to contact me on my frequency. The routing for air carrier X was such that the proper departure frequency was the west departure frequency. At about XA57; I observed a data tag for aircraft Y (an F2TH) appear on my scope. Again; I heard the east departure controller instruct the pilot of aircraft Y to contact me on departure west frequency. Not only was the west departure frequency the proper frequency for aircraft Y's route of flight; but; in accordance with a change in procedures that our facility was issued approximately 1 month ago because of an incident in which an aircraft that was flying similar routing to aircraft Y had nearly hit another aircraft because of an improper frequency; this aircraft should have been instructed by the local controller to contact the departure west frequency prior to leaving the local controller's frequency.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MEM DEP CTLR DESCRIBED MULTIPLE EVENTS WHEN DEP ACFT ESTABLISHED CONTACT ON THE WRONG DEP FREQ.
Narrative: I WAS WORKING W DEP. AT ABOUT XA38; I OBSERVED A DATA TAG FOR ACR X (A DC95) APPEAR ON MY SCOPE. I HEARD THE DEP E CTLR INSTRUCT THE PLT TO CONTACT ME ON MY FREQ. THE ROUTING FOR ACR X WAS SUCH THAT THE PROPER DEP FREQ WAS THE W DEP FREQ. AT ABOUT XA57; I OBSERVED A DATA TAG FOR ACFT Y (AN F2TH) APPEAR ON MY SCOPE. AGAIN; I HEARD THE E DEP CTLR INSTRUCT THE PLT OF ACFT Y TO CONTACT ME ON DEP W FREQ. NOT ONLY WAS THE W DEP FREQ THE PROPER FREQ FOR ACFT Y'S RTE OF FLT; BUT; IN ACCORDANCE WITH A CHANGE IN PROCS THAT OUR FACILITY WAS ISSUED APPROX 1 MONTH AGO BECAUSE OF AN INCIDENT IN WHICH AN ACFT THAT WAS FLYING SIMILAR ROUTING TO ACFT Y HAD NEARLY HIT ANOTHER ACFT BECAUSE OF AN IMPROPER FREQ; THIS ACFT SHOULD HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED BY THE LCL CTLR TO CONTACT THE DEP W FREQ PRIOR TO LEAVING THE LCL CTLR'S FREQ.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of May 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.