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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : mo50|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
ground other : taxi
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 40|
flight time total : 97
flight time type : 97
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
In sum: an small aircraft low time private pilot taxied on the grass at wentzville airport as other aircraft were doing. Twice his nose strut bottomed in a small rut. The pilot flew off of the hard surface runway to springfield airport. He noted sluggish takeoff performance and slow en route cruise. On the ground at springfield, he found that the propeller blade tips were bent forward in the outboard 4 inches indicating that he had hit the grass going through the rut. There was no other damage.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A LOW TIME SMA PLT BENT HIS PROP WHILE TAXIING TWICE ACROSS A RUT IN A GRASS AREA.
Narrative: IN SUM: AN SMA LOW TIME PVT PLT TAXIED ON THE GRASS AT WENTZVILLE ARPT AS OTHER ACFT WERE DOING. TWICE HIS NOSE STRUT BOTTOMED IN A SMALL RUT. THE PLT FLEW OFF OF THE HARD SURFACE RWY TO SPRINGFIELD ARPT. HE NOTED SLUGGISH TKOF PERFORMANCE AND SLOW ENRTE CRUISE. ON THE GND AT SPRINGFIELD, HE FOUND THAT THE PROP BLADE TIPS WERE BENT FORWARD IN THE OUTBOARD 4 INCHES INDICATING THAT HE HAD HIT THE GRASS GOING THROUGH THE RUT. THERE WAS NO OTHER DAMAGE.
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.