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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : aus|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
|Function||instruction : instructor|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : cfi
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 2600
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
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|Resolutory Action||flight crew : rejected takeoff|
flight crew : overcame equipment problem
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Cleared for immediate takeoff, another aircraft on 2 mi final. At throttle application for takeoff, engine stopped. I had assumed (incorrectly) that pilot being checked out in left seat had placed electric fuel pump switch in 'off' position after engine start. Switch view was blocked by control column. After placing switch to 'off' position, engine was started and aircraft taxied off runway for engine check. Air carrier on final had to make go around. Engine checked ok and subsequent takeoff clearance received. Each task action of pilot being checked out should have been observed. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: reporter states this turbo aircraft has an electrical fuel pump to back up engine driven pump if it should fail in-flight. Normal procedure is to turn it on to charge the system, then turn it off for start up. Reporter dealing with a very experienced pilot and did not feel he needed to monitor everything so closely. That's a gotcha! Night and control column position made it difficult to see switch. Takes full responsibility for the error.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA CLRED FOR TKOF BUT ENG STALLS ON PWR APPLICATION. ENG DIES. FORCES GAR.
Narrative: CLRED FOR IMMEDIATE TKOF, ANOTHER ACFT ON 2 MI FINAL. AT THROTTLE APPLICATION FOR TKOF, ENG STOPPED. I HAD ASSUMED (INCORRECTLY) THAT PLT BEING CHKED OUT IN L SEAT HAD PLACED ELECTRIC FUEL PUMP SWITCH IN 'OFF' POS AFTER ENG START. SWITCH VIEW WAS BLOCKED BY CTL COLUMN. AFTER PLACING SWITCH TO 'OFF' POS, ENG WAS STARTED AND ACFT TAXIED OFF RWY FOR ENG CHK. ACR ON FINAL HAD TO MAKE GAR. ENG CHKED OK AND SUBSEQUENT TKOF CLRNC RECEIVED. EACH TASK ACTION OF PLT BEING CHKED OUT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OBSERVED. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH REPORTER REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: RPTR STATES THIS TURBO ACFT HAS AN ELECTRICAL FUEL PUMP TO BACK UP ENG DRIVEN PUMP IF IT SHOULD FAIL INFLT. NORMAL PROC IS TO TURN IT ON TO CHARGE THE SYS, THEN TURN IT OFF FOR START UP. RPTR DEALING WITH A VERY EXPERIENCED PLT AND DID NOT FEEL HE NEEDED TO MONITOR EVERYTHING SO CLOSELY. THAT'S A GOTCHA! NIGHT AND CTL COLUMN POS MADE IT DIFFICULT TO SEE SWITCH. TAKES FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ERROR.
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.