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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : bur|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 6000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : bur|
tower : bur
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute airway : v184|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 380
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
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|Resolutory Action||flight crew : overcame equipment problem|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
The flight was from poc to bur on an IFR flight plan. I had never flown this particular aircraft before. The purpose was to get some actual IFR for currency. Poc was 1200 ft broken, bur was 2000 ft broken. I checked each of the 3 radios on the ground for reception. I used 2 for transmission. When I was handed off from ont departure to bur approach I was not acknowledged by bur. I went back to ont and they said bur heard my transmission. I did not hear their response. I went back to bur on another radio and got a poor reception but was able to communicate and complete the IFR approach and land. On the ground I had difficulty again. By switching radios while communicating with ground I found the faulty radio. By that time ground was advising me to get radio service before departure. As I now knew I had 2 good radios I felt it safe to get the aircraft back to home base. I did not want to tie up a busy frequency to explain. I am certain the tower felt I was at risk and frustrated that I could not clear it up without disrupting other communications.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF AN SMA PVT ACFT EXPERIENCED RADIO COM PROB DURING AN IFR FLT BUT SUBSEQUENTLY ISOLATED THE FAULTY RADIO RECEIVER AND CONTINUED A RETURN FLT USING THE OTHER RADIOS.
Narrative: THE FLT WAS FROM POC TO BUR ON AN IFR FLT PLAN. I HAD NEVER FLOWN THIS PARTICULAR ACFT BEFORE. THE PURPOSE WAS TO GET SOME ACTUAL IFR FOR CURRENCY. POC WAS 1200 FT BROKEN, BUR WAS 2000 FT BROKEN. I CHKED EACH OF THE 3 RADIOS ON THE GND FOR RECEPTION. I USED 2 FOR XMISSION. WHEN I WAS HANDED OFF FROM ONT DEP TO BUR APCH I WAS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED BY BUR. I WENT BACK TO ONT AND THEY SAID BUR HEARD MY XMISSION. I DID NOT HEAR THEIR RESPONSE. I WENT BACK TO BUR ON ANOTHER RADIO AND GOT A POOR RECEPTION BUT WAS ABLE TO COMMUNICATE AND COMPLETE THE IFR APCH AND LAND. ON THE GND I HAD DIFFICULTY AGAIN. BY SWITCHING RADIOS WHILE COMMUNICATING WITH GND I FOUND THE FAULTY RADIO. BY THAT TIME GND WAS ADVISING ME TO GET RADIO SVC BEFORE DEP. AS I NOW KNEW I HAD 2 GOOD RADIOS I FELT IT SAFE TO GET THE ACFT BACK TO HOME BASE. I DID NOT WANT TO TIE UP A BUSY FREQ TO EXPLAIN. I AM CERTAIN THE TWR FELT I WAS AT RISK AND FRUSTRATED THAT I COULD NOT CLR IT UP WITHOUT DISRUPTING OTHER COMS.
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.