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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : buf|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3000|
msl bound upper : 3500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : buf|
tracon : fwa
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
pilot : cfi
pilot : atp
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 6000
flight time type : 2900
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
While en route to the scenic falls, it became obvious that the radios were too quiet. As I sought to solve the problem, buf ATC suddenly came on the radio and said they had been trying to contact us for several mins to advise us to climb to 3500 ft from 3000 ft. We did so immediately as we were adjacent to niagara falls airport tower and directly over the niagara river. Prior to that radio contact the radios worked fine. Why they failed intermittently is being looked at by an avionics technician. This situation would not have occurred if the radios were working since buf ATC was trying to advise of the altitude and we were busy trying to sort out the problem. The situation could have been avoided by flying to a neutral area and sorting out the radios, however in that particular area of wny there is little if any class east or D airspace. I asked the private pilot that was with me to climb to 3500 ft from 3000 ft but he was distracted by my efforts to fix the radios. Once communication was established we reached 3500 ft prior to being over the scenic falls and quickly left the area. No evasive action or danger was encountered or required by anyone.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA PLT HAS INTERMITTENT RADIO FAILURE AND MISSES CLRNC FROM ATC. STILL ABLE TO CLB TO ASSIGNED ALT PRIOR TO FLYING INTO CLASS D AIRSPACE.
Narrative: WHILE ENRTE TO THE SCENIC FALLS, IT BECAME OBVIOUS THAT THE RADIOS WERE TOO QUIET. AS I SOUGHT TO SOLVE THE PROB, BUF ATC SUDDENLY CAME ON THE RADIO AND SAID THEY HAD BEEN TRYING TO CONTACT US FOR SEVERAL MINS TO ADVISE US TO CLB TO 3500 FT FROM 3000 FT. WE DID SO IMMEDIATELY AS WE WERE ADJACENT TO NIAGARA FALLS ARPT TWR AND DIRECTLY OVER THE NIAGARA RIVER. PRIOR TO THAT RADIO CONTACT THE RADIOS WORKED FINE. WHY THEY FAILED INTERMITTENTLY IS BEING LOOKED AT BY AN AVIONICS TECHNICIAN. THIS SIT WOULD NOT HAVE OCCURRED IF THE RADIOS WERE WORKING SINCE BUF ATC WAS TRYING TO ADVISE OF THE ALT AND WE WERE BUSY TRYING TO SORT OUT THE PROB. THE SIT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED BY FLYING TO A NEUTRAL AREA AND SORTING OUT THE RADIOS, HOWEVER IN THAT PARTICULAR AREA OF WNY THERE IS LITTLE IF ANY CLASS E OR D AIRSPACE. I ASKED THE PVT PLT THAT WAS WITH ME TO CLB TO 3500 FT FROM 3000 FT BUT HE WAS DISTRACTED BY MY EFFORTS TO FIX THE RADIOS. ONCE COM WAS ESTABLISHED WE REACHED 3500 FT PRIOR TO BEING OVER THE SCENIC FALLS AND QUICKLY LEFT THE AREA. NO EVASIVE ACTION OR DANGER WAS ENCOUNTERED OR REQUIRED BY ANYONE.
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.