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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : glr|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2500|
msl bound upper : 7000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : msp|
artcc : zob
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 50|
flight time total : 2500
flight time type : 400
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
While on IFR flight plan from glr to 5d3 a total electrical failure was experienced. Attempts to reach ZMP to cancel IFR went unanswered. Squawked 7600. The WX ahead was IFR with cumulus clouds topping approximately 12000-13000 ft. Since we were in VFR conditions, I descended to 2500 MSL and continued on to 5d3 in VFR. I called ZMP on the phone after arriving at 5d3 and explained what had happened. They said, 'okay.' I should have been monitoring the ammeter more closely as this would have shown that we were draining the battery. If I would have noticed this sooner, I probably could have contacted someone to cancel the IFR flight plan before the battery was too low to attempt communications.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PRIMARY ELECTRICAL SUPPLY PROB IN SMA. USES LOST COM PROC IN VMC DSCNT TO DEST ARPT.
Narrative: WHILE ON IFR FLT PLAN FROM GLR TO 5D3 A TOTAL ELECTRICAL FAILURE WAS EXPERIENCED. ATTEMPTS TO REACH ZMP TO CANCEL IFR WENT UNANSWERED. SQUAWKED 7600. THE WX AHEAD WAS IFR WITH CUMULUS CLOUDS TOPPING APPROX 12000-13000 FT. SINCE WE WERE IN VFR CONDITIONS, I DSNDED TO 2500 MSL AND CONTINUED ON TO 5D3 IN VFR. I CALLED ZMP ON THE PHONE AFTER ARRIVING AT 5D3 AND EXPLAINED WHAT HAD HAPPENED. THEY SAID, 'OKAY.' I SHOULD HAVE BEEN MONITORING THE AMMETER MORE CLOSELY AS THIS WOULD HAVE SHOWN THAT WE WERE DRAINING THE BATTERY. IF I WOULD HAVE NOTICED THIS SOONER, I PROBABLY COULD HAVE CONTACTED SOMEONE TO CANCEL THE IFR FLT PLAN BEFORE THE BATTERY WAS TOO LOW TO ATTEMPT 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.