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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : sna|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 6000|
msl bound upper : 6000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : lax|
tower : sna
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Cessna 152|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time total : 200|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
While cruising in a C-152/U at 6000 ft north wbound on V-23 en route from gillespie (see) to camarillo (cma) the engine began to surge (RPM fluctuation) as I was about to receive an IFR clearance and just passing santa ana/john wayne (sna). I attempted to remedy the problem with the mixture control, but it didn't help. I then turned directly to sna, contacted the tower and informed tower that I was having engine difficulty. I was then cleared to land on runway 19L. The landing was made without incident, however I am concerned that I may have said 'yes' to the question 'do you want to declare an emergency?' I'm hoping this letter will negate any enforcement action.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PVT PLT DIVERSION TO ALTERNATE WHEN HIS C-152'S ENG STARTS TO RUN ROUGH AND SURGE.
Narrative: WHILE CRUISING IN A C-152/U AT 6000 FT N WBOUND ON V-23 ENRTE FROM GILLESPIE (SEE) TO CAMARILLO (CMA) THE ENG BEGAN TO SURGE (RPM FLUCTUATION) AS I WAS ABOUT TO RECEIVE AN IFR CLRNC AND JUST PASSING SANTA ANA/JOHN WAYNE (SNA). I ATTEMPTED TO REMEDY THE PROB WITH THE MIXTURE CTL, BUT IT DIDN'T HELP. I THEN TURNED DIRECTLY TO SNA, CONTACTED THE TWR AND INFORMED TWR THAT I WAS HAVING ENG DIFFICULTY. I WAS THEN CLRED TO LAND ON RWY 19L. THE LNDG WAS MADE WITHOUT INCIDENT, HOWEVER I AM CONCERNED THAT I MAY HAVE SAID 'YES' TO THE QUESTION 'DO YOU WANT TO DECLARE AN EMER?' I'M HOPING THIS LETTER WILL NEGATE ANY ENFORCEMENT ACTION.
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.