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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : p19|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 40
|Controlling Facilities||tower : ssf|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||landing : go around|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 40|
flight time total : 655
flight time type : 300
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
After observing the windsock at 90 degree to the runway, I made a pass down the runway low and slow to test the strength of the wind, which proved to be well within my capabilities. When I added power to initiate a go-around for landing, the engine stopped. I then landed uneventfully in a smooth field off the end of the runway, without injury or damage. My aircraft is a kitbuilt experimental small aircraft, a simple aircraft of relatively high performance. After 300 hours of flying this aircraft in almost 2 yrs, I have lately become complacent in the aircraft, and have gotten away from using checklists. This lack of attention to important details caused me to run one tank dry, and it occurred without warning at the worse possible time, 2/3 of the way down the runway and 30-40 ft in the air.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ENGINE ON GA SMA QUIT ON GO AROUND DUE FUEL EXHAUSTION.
Narrative: AFTER OBSERVING THE WINDSOCK AT 90 DEG TO THE RWY, I MADE A PASS DOWN THE RWY LOW AND SLOW TO TEST THE STRENGTH OF THE WIND, WHICH PROVED TO BE WELL WITHIN MY CAPABILITIES. WHEN I ADDED POWER TO INITIATE A GO-AROUND FOR LNDG, THE ENGINE STOPPED. I THEN LANDED UNEVENTFULLY IN A SMOOTH FIELD OFF THE END OF THE RWY, WITHOUT INJURY OR DAMAGE. MY ACFT IS A KITBUILT EXPERIMENTAL SMA, A SIMPLE ACFT OF RELATIVELY HIGH PERFORMANCE. AFTER 300 HRS OF FLYING THIS ACFT IN ALMOST 2 YRS, I HAVE LATELY BECOME COMPLACENT IN THE ACFT, AND HAVE GOTTEN AWAY FROM USING CHECKLISTS. THIS LACK OF ATTN TO IMPORTANT DETAILS CAUSED ME TO RUN ONE TANK DRY, AND IT OCCURRED WITHOUT WARNING AT THE WORSE POSSIBLE TIME, 2/3 OF THE WAY DOWN THE RWY AND 30-40 FT IN THE AIR.
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.