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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : iad|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 800
flight time type : 1
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
aircraft equipment problem : critical
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Battery was too weak to start engine. I asked for a jump start. There was confusion as to the correct voltage. I let the line guy rush me and I went ahead and tried to start it with 24 volts when 12 was appropriate. The battery blew and much equipment was fried by excess power. In the future, I won't let anyone rush me and will doublechk things first.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: UNABLE TO BATTERY START ACFT. USED HIGHER VOLTAGE FOR JUMP START. DAMAGED BATTERY AND MUCH EQUIP.
Narrative: BATTERY WAS TOO WEAK TO START ENG. I ASKED FOR A JUMP START. THERE WAS CONFUSION AS TO THE CORRECT VOLTAGE. I LET THE LINE GUY RUSH ME AND I WENT AHEAD AND TRIED TO START IT WITH 24 VOLTS WHEN 12 WAS APPROPRIATE. THE BATTERY BLEW AND MUCH EQUIP WAS FRIED BY EXCESS PWR. IN THE FUTURE, I WON'T LET ANYONE RUSH ME AND WILL DOUBLECHK THINGS FIRST.
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.