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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : sbn|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 2000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : sbn|
tower : sbn
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 1000
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
other flight crewa
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
WX reported VFR flying to grand rapids (decided) to stop in south bend, get gas. Approach set me up direct approach then reported WX lower than expected. I was 7 NM out when vectored onto final runway 9R. Called approach back to verify runway 9R, said yes. By this time approaching fast. Approach said maintain 2400 ft and contact tower. Tried to contact tower, no response. Tried tower again, no response. Switched back to approach by this time had airport in sight. Told approach I couldn't contact tower so I stayed with approach made a 360 degree turn to land runway 9R on ground still couldn't get tower or ground. Finally got radio contact taxi to ramp. FAA did ramp check also checked navigation equipment. 1 radio not working properly, FAA stated no violation and we departed VFR to grand rapids.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: COM RADIO MALFUNCTION CAUSED PLT OF SMA TWIN TO USE APCH CTL TO OBTAIN LNDG CLRNC FROM TWR.
Narrative: WX RPTED VFR FLYING TO GRAND RAPIDS (DECIDED) TO STOP IN SOUTH BEND, GET GAS. APCH SET ME UP DIRECT APCH THEN RPTED WX LOWER THAN EXPECTED. I WAS 7 NM OUT WHEN VECTORED ONTO FINAL RWY 9R. CALLED APCH BACK TO VERIFY RWY 9R, SAID YES. BY THIS TIME APCHING FAST. APCH SAID MAINTAIN 2400 FT AND CONTACT TWR. TRIED TO CONTACT TWR, NO RESPONSE. TRIED TWR AGAIN, NO RESPONSE. SWITCHED BACK TO APCH BY THIS TIME HAD ARPT IN SIGHT. TOLD APCH I COULDN'T CONTACT TWR SO I STAYED WITH APCH MADE A 360 DEG TURN TO LAND RWY 9R ON GND STILL COULDN'T GET TWR OR GND. FINALLY GOT RADIO CONTACT TAXI TO RAMP. FAA DID RAMP CHK ALSO CHKED NAV EQUIP. 1 RADIO NOT WORKING PROPERLY, FAA STATED NO VIOLATION AND WE DEPARTED VFR TO GRAND RAPIDS.
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.