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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : sdl|
airport : cgz
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
instruction : instructor
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : instrument
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 300|
flight time total : 8000
|Function||instruction : trainee|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : anomaly accepted
none taken : unable
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
As the CFI and PIC, I did not check fuel supply visually, as this is not easy to do on an small transport, due to fuel cap location and dihedral. The student/owner assured me he had refueled on wednesday, and only one flight lasting 1.3 hours occurred prior to our flight. The small transport burns approximately 45-50 gals per hour and capacity is 202 usable on this version, therefore, 202 divided by 50 equals 4 hours. We should have had 2.7 hours fuel on board according to owner. We departed scottsdale at around XA50, the #1 engine stopped at around XC25. We feathered #1 and landed at around XC30 at casa grande municipal without further incident. (Declared an emergency on 122.7, and other aircraft in the area gave way.) the fuel gauges showed half tanks to 5/8 tanks prior to departing scottsdale airport and both fuel gauges showed 3/8 to half when #1 stopped. However, the left tank took 104.2 gals and the right tank took 92.6 gals, both tanks topped. I reported this to the FAA/FSDO at XE15 this date at the scottsdale office. I recommend the owner keep more reliable records of fuel purchases and times.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMT FUEL EXHAUSTION ON RIGHT ENGINE WHILE ON A TRAINING FLT.
Narrative: AS THE CFI AND PIC, I DID NOT CHECK FUEL SUPPLY VISUALLY, AS THIS IS NOT EASY TO DO ON AN SMT, DUE TO FUEL CAP LOCATION AND DIHEDRAL. THE STUDENT/OWNER ASSURED ME HE HAD REFUELED ON WEDNESDAY, AND ONLY ONE FLT LASTING 1.3 HOURS OCCURRED PRIOR TO OUR FLT. THE SMT BURNS APPROX 45-50 GALS PER HOUR AND CAPACITY IS 202 USABLE ON THIS VERSION, THEREFORE, 202 DIVIDED BY 50 EQUALS 4 HOURS. WE SHOULD HAVE HAD 2.7 HOURS FUEL ON BOARD ACCORDING TO OWNER. WE DEPARTED SCOTTSDALE AT AROUND XA50, THE #1 ENGINE STOPPED AT AROUND XC25. WE FEATHERED #1 AND LANDED AT AROUND XC30 AT CASA GRANDE MUNI WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. (DECLARED AN EMER ON 122.7, AND OTHER ACFT IN THE AREA GAVE WAY.) THE FUEL GAUGES SHOWED HALF TANKS TO 5/8 TANKS PRIOR TO DEPARTING SCOTTSDALE ARPT AND BOTH FUEL GAUGES SHOWED 3/8 TO HALF WHEN #1 STOPPED. HOWEVER, THE LEFT TANK TOOK 104.2 GALS AND THE RIGHT TANK TOOK 92.6 GALS, BOTH TANKS TOPPED. I REPORTED THIS TO THE FAA/FSDO AT XE15 THIS DATE AT THE SCOTTSDALE OFFICE. I RECOMMEND THE OWNER KEEP MORE RELIABLE RECORDS OF FUEL PURCHASES AND TIMES.
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.