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|Locale Reference||airport : sdm|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 10|
flight time total : 5000
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Radio reception was intermittent in vicinity of tower as at times was unable to hear or contact same. Called and stated my condition and intention to land. When I turned to enter downwind was asked by tower if I was in need of emergency vehs and I replied negative, that I thought I would make it ok. Was cleared to land 26R, call on final. Called on base and was cleared to land. Just as I was flaring out at T/D, encountered gust or downdraft. Right wing lifted or left wing dropped just as contact was made with ground and with quartering crosswind. Ground-looped, being unable to apply sufficient rudder. It was a mild one at approximately 15 mph. This was embarrassing, but plane is quite susceptible to ground loops.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF EXPERIMENTAL BIPLANE ACFT ON TEST FLT HAD DIFFICULTY CTLING ACFT. ENGINE OIL PRESSURE PROBLEM. RADIO COM PROBLEM. DECLINED EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT. MANAGED TO LAND, BUT GND-LOOPED AT 15 KTS ON ROLLOUT.
Narrative: RADIO RECEPTION WAS INTERMITTENT IN VICINITY OF TWR AS AT TIMES WAS UNABLE TO HEAR OR CONTACT SAME. CALLED AND STATED MY CONDITION AND INTENTION TO LAND. WHEN I TURNED TO ENTER DOWNWIND WAS ASKED BY TWR IF I WAS IN NEED OF EMER VEHS AND I REPLIED NEGATIVE, THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD MAKE IT OK. WAS CLRED TO LAND 26R, CALL ON FINAL. CALLED ON BASE AND WAS CLRED TO LAND. JUST AS I WAS FLARING OUT AT T/D, ENCOUNTERED GUST OR DOWNDRAFT. RIGHT WING LIFTED OR LEFT WING DROPPED JUST AS CONTACT WAS MADE WITH GND AND WITH QUARTERING XWIND. GND-LOOPED, BEING UNABLE TO APPLY SUFFICIENT RUDDER. IT WAS A MILD ONE AT APPROX 15 MPH. THIS WAS EMBARRASSING, BUT PLANE IS QUITE SUSCEPTIBLE TO GND LOOPS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.