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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : uca|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : uca|
|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 : student|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 27|
flight time total : 72
flight time type : 50
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Student pilot first solo cross country fought with girlfriend night before. Tired, but determined to make the flight. Goes up, on middle phase of the flight between syracuse, wind and turbulence pickup more than expected on trip to utica. Fighting with the wind wears pilot out. Pilot approachs oneida county airport, calls ahead, announces he is student pilot on first solo cross country. Airport clears pilot to straight in on runway 15. Pilot exhausted, misjudges rate of descent too high to land, aborts the landing. Tower instructs pilot to right traffic. Pilot marginally familiar with right traffic, breaks tolerances, altitude 200 ft too high, pattern too tight. On final, pilot realizes he's too high. Pulls power, folds in 40 degrees flaps but nose is only down enough for 20 degrees of flaps. At 200 ft above runway, realizes airspeed is 40 mph, pushes nose over to pick up speed and dives for the deck in a panic. At 50 ft above runway, pilot rotates nose up. Flaps down, too much drag, slows plane too quickly. At 20 ft above runway plane angle of attach too high. Still begins at 5 ft above runway. Plane in full stall begins to fall. Pilot pulls elevator to get nose up. Elevator stalls, no response. Plane falls 5 ft, bounces off back wheels onto nosewheel, dolphening. No damage. Corrective action: student pilots need more right traffic training. More stressing a rigorous adherence to landing pattern. More instruction on use of flaps in ground school, especially full flap lndgs. First solo cross country should be short.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA PLT FLARES OUT HIGH FOR LNDG AND STALLS ACFT. HARD LNDG.
Narrative: STUDENT PLT FIRST SOLO XCOUNTRY FOUGHT WITH GIRLFRIEND NIGHT BEFORE. TIRED, BUT DETERMINED TO MAKE THE FLT. GOES UP, ON MIDDLE PHASE OF THE FLT BTWN SYRACUSE, WIND AND TURB PICKUP MORE THAN EXPECTED ON TRIP TO UTICA. FIGHTING WITH THE WIND WEARS PLT OUT. PLT APCHS ONEIDA COUNTY ARPT, CALLS AHEAD, ANNOUNCES HE IS STUDENT PLT ON FIRST SOLO XCOUNTRY. ARPT CLRS PLT TO STRAIGHT IN ON RWY 15. PLT EXHAUSTED, MISJUDGES RATE OF DSCNT TOO HIGH TO LAND, ABORTS THE LNDG. TWR INSTRUCTS PLT TO R TFC. PLT MARGINALLY FAMILIAR WITH R TFC, BREAKS TOLERANCES, ALT 200 FT TOO HIGH, PATTERN TOO TIGHT. ON FINAL, PLT REALIZES HE'S TOO HIGH. PULLS PWR, FOLDS IN 40 DEGS FLAPS BUT NOSE IS ONLY DOWN ENOUGH FOR 20 DEGS OF FLAPS. AT 200 FT ABOVE RWY, REALIZES AIRSPD IS 40 MPH, PUSHES NOSE OVER TO PICK UP SPD AND DIVES FOR THE DECK IN A PANIC. AT 50 FT ABOVE RWY, PLT ROTATES NOSE UP. FLAPS DOWN, TOO MUCH DRAG, SLOWS PLANE TOO QUICKLY. AT 20 FT ABOVE RWY PLANE ANGLE OF ATTACH TOO HIGH. STILL BEGINS AT 5 FT ABOVE RWY. PLANE IN FULL STALL BEGINS TO FALL. PLT PULLS ELEVATOR TO GET NOSE UP. ELEVATOR STALLS, NO RESPONSE. PLANE FALLS 5 FT, BOUNCES OFF BACK WHEELS ONTO NOSEWHEEL, DOLPHENING. NO DAMAGE. CORRECTIVE ACTION: STUDENT PLTS NEED MORE R TFC TRAINING. MORE STRESSING A RIGOROUS ADHERENCE TO LNDG PATTERN. MORE INSTRUCTION ON USE OF FLAPS IN GND SCHOOL, ESPECIALLY FULL FLAP LNDGS. FIRST SOLO XCOUNTRY SHOULD BE SHORT.
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.