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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : bdl|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 5500|
msl bound upper : 5500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : bdl|
tower : hfd
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time total : 164|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||incursion : runway|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
The purpose of the flight was to land in bdl (this was first flight to an arsa). I contacted bdl approach at approximately 15 mi south on direct course VOR from carmel 116.6. Told I wanted to land. They (approach) asked what airport. I responded 'hartford' (meaning bdl) I was told to change frequency to another frequency, which I did noting it was not in my log nos previously inserted. Unaware I was not in contact with bdl, continued to approach runway 15 in use (via ATIS information). On left downwind I told tower I was on left downwind for 15. Got a radio response 'cleared to land runway 15.' before turning left base I responded landed at bdl. Not in touch with their tower (wrong frequency given) and finally got to taxiway contacted tower and talked to. There were no apparent conflicts in landing on runway 15 that I saw, of course. I would not have landed without proper tower clearance. Departure was uneventful in compliance with radio contacts and radar. Prior to planning flight, I checked at xapm and at xa am with bridgeport ct flight service station for complete briefing!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FIRST OPERATION INTO ARSA COM WITH TRACON, MISIDENTIFIED LNDG ARPT AND LANDED WITHOUT CLRNC WHEN CHANGED TO WRONG TWR FREQ.
Narrative: THE PURPOSE OF THE FLT WAS TO LAND IN BDL (THIS WAS FIRST FLT TO AN ARSA). I CONTACTED BDL APCH AT APPROX 15 MI S ON DIRECT COURSE VOR FROM CARMEL 116.6. TOLD I WANTED TO LAND. THEY (APCH) ASKED WHAT ARPT. I RESPONDED 'HARTFORD' (MEANING BDL) I WAS TOLD TO CHANGE FREQ TO ANOTHER FREQ, WHICH I DID NOTING IT WAS NOT IN MY LOG NOS PREVIOUSLY INSERTED. UNAWARE I WAS NOT IN CONTACT WITH BDL, CONTINUED TO APCH RWY 15 IN USE (VIA ATIS INFO). ON L DOWNWIND I TOLD TWR I WAS ON L DOWNWIND FOR 15. GOT A RADIO RESPONSE 'CLRED TO LAND RWY 15.' BEFORE TURNING L BASE I RESPONDED LANDED AT BDL. NOT IN TOUCH WITH THEIR TWR (WRONG FREQ GIVEN) AND FINALLY GOT TO TXWY CONTACTED TWR AND TALKED TO. THERE WERE NO APPARENT CONFLICTS IN LNDG ON RWY 15 THAT I SAW, OF COURSE. I WOULD NOT HAVE LANDED WITHOUT PROPER TWR CLRNC. DEP WAS UNEVENTFUL IN COMPLIANCE WITH RADIO CONTACTS AND RADAR. PRIOR TO PLANNING FLT, I CHKED AT XAPM AND AT XA AM WITH BRIDGEPORT CT FLT SVC STATION FOR COMPLETE BRIEFING!
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.