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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : etb|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 700|
agl bound upper : 700
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : hrl|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
climbout : initial
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 5|
flight time total : 151
flight time type : 3
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
conflict : ground critical
non adherence : published procedure
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I had 3/4 of a tank full in the right tank but took off with the left tank which was near empty. I have lost an engine due to icing and recovered quickly. (In that case, I took off with carburetor heat because I noted icing at runup but turned it off after liftoff as I had been instructed.) this time there was no indication of icing at runup. The first thought of an engine out was 'icing' and I acted accordingly. At my low altitude, my attention went to finding a field and getting there. During instruction very little attention was given to the fuel switch and I was never required to switch it in flight. When checking out a pilot who has only flown planes with 1 fuel source (even the small aircraft is normally on 'both'), attention should be directed to this switch, requiring the operation during flight, etc. I knew well about the switch but in the heat of the situation it did not come to mind. To this date, I can't understand why I didn't switch over before takeoff. Since the event, I have received suggestions from other pilots which should have come from instructors.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: EMER OFF ARPT LNDG PERFORMED AFTER SMA SUFFERS FUEL STARVATION AFTER TKOF.
Narrative: I HAD 3/4 OF A TANK FULL IN THE R TANK BUT TOOK OFF WITH THE L TANK WHICH WAS NEAR EMPTY. I HAVE LOST AN ENG DUE TO ICING AND RECOVERED QUICKLY. (IN THAT CASE, I TOOK OFF WITH CARB HEAT BECAUSE I NOTED ICING AT RUNUP BUT TURNED IT OFF AFTER LIFTOFF AS I HAD BEEN INSTRUCTED.) THIS TIME THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF ICING AT RUNUP. THE FIRST THOUGHT OF AN ENG OUT WAS 'ICING' AND I ACTED ACCORDINGLY. AT MY LOW ALT, MY ATTN WENT TO FINDING A FIELD AND GETTING THERE. DURING INSTRUCTION VERY LITTLE ATTN WAS GIVEN TO THE FUEL SWITCH AND I WAS NEVER REQUIRED TO SWITCH IT IN FLT. WHEN CHKING OUT A PLT WHO HAS ONLY FLOWN PLANES WITH 1 FUEL SOURCE (EVEN THE SMA IS NORMALLY ON 'BOTH'), ATTN SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THIS SWITCH, REQUIRING THE OP DURING FLT, ETC. I KNEW WELL ABOUT THE SWITCH BUT IN THE HEAT OF THE SIT IT DID NOT COME TO MIND. TO THIS DATE, I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY I DIDN'T SWITCH OVER BEFORE TKOF. SINCE THE EVENT, I HAVE RECEIVED SUGGESTIONS FROM OTHER PLTS WHICH SHOULD HAVE COME FROM INSTRUCTORS.
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.