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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : lit|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1700|
msl bound upper : 1700
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : lit|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 2500
flight time type : 25
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I departed addison, tx, en route to mt comfort airport in little rock, ar, and 1 in cope gerardeau, mo. My calculations told me that I could make little rock with 45 mins of fuel to spare, which is within VFR fuel requirements. My flight was going as scheduled and crossing all of my chkpoints on time. After calling little rock approach I started a descent into adams field. Approximately 7 mi from the runway, the engine coughed and quit. Quickly looking over the engine gauges, I noticed I was out of fuel. I set the plane for best glide towards an open field, and told approach I was going down. After safely landing the plane without damage or injury to myself or passenger, I checked the tanks. They were empty! With some help of a gentleman, I put fuel in the plane, preflight inspected it, and took off. I told approach we were ok as soon as I could. Later it was determined that the carburetor was set wrong, causing an excessive fuel burn. I believe the situation could have been prevented with better maintenance on the aircraft.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF SMA HAD FORCED LNDG OFF ARPT WHEN ENG QUIT BECAUSE OF FUEL STARVATION 7 MI SHORT OF DEST ARPT.
Narrative: I DEPARTED ADDISON, TX, ENRTE TO MT COMFORT ARPT IN LITTLE ROCK, AR, AND 1 IN COPE GERARDEAU, MO. MY CALCULATIONS TOLD ME THAT I COULD MAKE LITTLE ROCK WITH 45 MINS OF FUEL TO SPARE, WHICH IS WITHIN VFR FUEL REQUIREMENTS. MY FLT WAS GOING AS SCHEDULED AND XING ALL OF MY CHKPOINTS ON TIME. AFTER CALLING LITTLE ROCK APCH I STARTED A DSCNT INTO ADAMS FIELD. APPROX 7 MI FROM THE RWY, THE ENG COUGHED AND QUIT. QUICKLY LOOKING OVER THE ENG GAUGES, I NOTICED I WAS OUT OF FUEL. I SET THE PLANE FOR BEST GLIDE TOWARDS AN OPEN FIELD, AND TOLD APCH I WAS GOING DOWN. AFTER SAFELY LNDG THE PLANE WITHOUT DAMAGE OR INJURY TO MYSELF OR PAX, I CHKED THE TANKS. THEY WERE EMPTY! WITH SOME HELP OF A GENTLEMAN, I PUT FUEL IN THE PLANE, PREFLT INSPECTED IT, AND TOOK OFF. I TOLD APCH WE WERE OK AS SOON AS I COULD. LATER IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE CARBURETOR WAS SET WRONG, CAUSING AN EXCESSIVE FUEL BURN. I BELIEVE THE SITUATION COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED WITH BETTER MAINT ON THE ACFT.
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.