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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : boi|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 5000|
msl bound upper : 5000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : boi|
tower : boi
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Commercial Fixed Wing|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : instrument
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 1700
flight time type : 100
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
At entry point to boi arsa (aldape summit), electrical went out in aircraft (complete failure). In hopes some residual electrical was available I squawked 7600 on transponder and entered the arsa circled at 1000 ft above tpa around tower and got a red and green light gun signal. I continued circling and got a flashing green signal, so continued circling then thought I got a steady green signal. I entered pattern to correct runway and landed and stayed clear of other taxiing aircraft. Taxied to area to let out passenger. Called tower on telephone and was told I acted correctly. Had aircraft electrical problem repaired. Departed with passenger later in day. I had a hard time distinguishing between flashing green and steady green while circling, apparently they had only given a steady green, but it looked flashing as I circled windows. Boise was the only airport within fuel range where I could get electrical problem fixed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF SMA SEL ACFT ENTERED CLASS C AND LANDED AT PRIMARY ARPT WITHOUT COMMUNICATING. A TOTAL ELECTRICAL FAILURE LED TO RECEIVING A LNDG CLRNC BY ATC LIGHT SIGNALS.
Narrative: AT ENTRY POINT TO BOI ARSA (ALDAPE SUMMIT), ELECTRICAL WENT OUT IN ACFT (COMPLETE FAILURE). IN HOPES SOME RESIDUAL ELECTRICAL WAS AVAILABLE I SQUAWKED 7600 ON XPONDER AND ENTERED THE ARSA CIRCLED AT 1000 FT ABOVE TPA AROUND TWR AND GOT A RED AND GREEN LIGHT GUN SIGNAL. I CONTINUED CIRCLING AND GOT A FLASHING GREEN SIGNAL, SO CONTINUED CIRCLING THEN THOUGHT I GOT A STEADY GREEN SIGNAL. I ENTERED PATTERN TO CORRECT RWY AND LANDED AND STAYED CLR OF OTHER TAXIING ACFT. TAXIED TO AREA TO LET OUT PAX. CALLED TWR ON TELEPHONE AND WAS TOLD I ACTED CORRECTLY. HAD ACFT ELECTRICAL PROB REPAIRED. DEPARTED WITH PAX LATER IN DAY. I HAD A HARD TIME DISTINGUISHING BTWN FLASHING GREEN AND STEADY GREEN WHILE CIRCLING, APPARENTLY THEY HAD ONLY GIVEN A STEADY GREEN, BUT IT LOOKED FLASHING AS I CIRCLED WINDOWS. BOISE WAS THE ONLY ARPT WITHIN FUEL RANGE WHERE I COULD GET ELECTRICAL PROB FIXED.
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.