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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : brd|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3800|
msl bound upper : 4000
|Controlling Facilities||tower : bgr|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent other|
|Route In Use||approach : visual|
enroute airway : zmp
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 110|
flight time total : 1650
flight time type : 100
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
altitude deviation : overshoot
non adherence : far
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : returned to intended course or assigned course|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
We were trying to contact unicom while monitoring ZMP frequency. The #2 communication doesn't work as well as it should and I was trying to troubleshoot it with the other pilot in the cockpit. He is without a medical but does most all of the flying and communications activities. Because of his limited knowledge of the aircraft avionics system, I had to help him with the communications equipment problems. We were cleared down to 4000 ft MSL from 6000 ft MSL and commenced our descent by utilizing the autoplt. After starting our descent he attempted to communicate with unicom. After seeing he was having trouble, I decided to help with the avionics. We both became engrossed in the problem which then left nobody flying the airplane. When I glanced at the altimeter, we were at 3800 ft MSL and descending about 500 FPM. I made note of the deviation and the other pilot made the necessary correction without disengaging the autoplt. We leveled at 4000 ft MSL and nothing was said to us by ZMP. We subsequently received clearance for the visual approach and landed without incident. A preventive measure could be taken by allowing 1 pilot to fly while the other communicates or having the pilot without the medical become more knowledgeable about the aircraft system. However, the root of the problem stems from the other pilot's refusal to upgrade his skills while denying the need to split cockpit duties. Also, he should be willing to spend the money to keep his avionics equipment in top shape so small problems like this don't create bigger ones.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA FLC HAS COM EQUIP PROBS, DSNDS BELOW ASSIGNED ALT.
Narrative: WE WERE TRYING TO CONTACT UNICOM WHILE MONITORING ZMP FREQ. THE #2 COM DOESN'T WORK AS WELL AS IT SHOULD AND I WAS TRYING TO TROUBLESHOOT IT WITH THE OTHER PLT IN THE COCKPIT. HE IS WITHOUT A MEDICAL BUT DOES MOST ALL OF THE FLYING AND COMS ACTIVITIES. BECAUSE OF HIS LIMITED KNOWLEDGE OF THE ACFT AVIONICS SYS, I HAD TO HELP HIM WITH THE COMS EQUIP PROBS. WE WERE CLRED DOWN TO 4000 FT MSL FROM 6000 FT MSL AND COMMENCED OUR DSCNT BY UTILIZING THE AUTOPLT. AFTER STARTING OUR DSCNT HE ATTEMPTED TO COMMUNICATE WITH UNICOM. AFTER SEEING HE WAS HAVING TROUBLE, I DECIDED TO HELP WITH THE AVIONICS. WE BOTH BECAME ENGROSSED IN THE PROB WHICH THEN LEFT NOBODY FLYING THE AIRPLANE. WHEN I GLANCED AT THE ALTIMETER, WE WERE AT 3800 FT MSL AND DSNDING ABOUT 500 FPM. I MADE NOTE OF THE DEV AND THE OTHER PLT MADE THE NECESSARY CORRECTION WITHOUT DISENGAGING THE AUTOPLT. WE LEVELED AT 4000 FT MSL AND NOTHING WAS SAID TO US BY ZMP. WE SUBSEQUENTLY RECEIVED CLRNC FOR THE VISUAL APCH AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT. A PREVENTIVE MEASURE COULD BE TAKEN BY ALLOWING 1 PLT TO FLY WHILE THE OTHER COMMUNICATES OR HAVING THE PLT WITHOUT THE MEDICAL BECOME MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE ACFT SYS. HOWEVER, THE ROOT OF THE PROB STEMS FROM THE OTHER PLT'S REFUSAL TO UPGRADE HIS SKILLS WHILE DENYING THE NEED TO SPLIT COCKPIT DUTIES. ALSO, HE SHOULD BE WILLING TO SPEND THE MONEY TO KEEP HIS AVIONICS EQUIP IN TOP SHAPE SO SMALL PROBS LIKE THIS DON'T CREATE BIGGER ONES.
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.