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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : jnu|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 1000|
agl bound upper : 1000
|Controlling Facilities||tower : jnu|
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||PA-32 Cherokee Six/Lance/Saratoga|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||descent other|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 780
flight time type : 100
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : published procedure
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : overcame equipment problem|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
My dispatcher told me an FAA inspector would be meeting me upon landing for a ramp check. I was too busy, checking the aircraft documentation and life jacket expiration dates, to notice my fuel was low on the tank I was using. The engine began to run rough. I immediately switched tanks and turned on the electric fuel pump. The engine never quit entirely, but it ran rough for 8 seconds. I landed without further incident. Contributing factors: distracted by impending ramp check, and failure to conduct landing checklist before descent.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN ATX PA32-320 PLT NEARLY RAN A TANK DRY WHILE PREPARING FOR AN IMMINENT RAMP CHK. PLT DISTR FROM FLYING AND CHECKING FOR POSSIBLE ACFT EQUIP PROB DOCUMENTATION AND SAFETY EQUIP.
Narrative: MY DISPATCHER TOLD ME AN FAA INSPECTOR WOULD BE MEETING ME UPON LNDG FOR A RAMP CHK. I WAS TOO BUSY, CHKING THE ACFT DOCUMENTATION AND LIFE JACKET EXPIRATION DATES, TO NOTICE MY FUEL WAS LOW ON THE TANK I WAS USING. THE ENG BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH. I IMMEDIATELY SWITCHED TANKS AND TURNED ON THE ELECTRIC FUEL PUMP. THE ENG NEVER QUIT ENTIRELY, BUT IT RAN ROUGH FOR 8 SECONDS. I LANDED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS: DISTRACTED BY IMPENDING RAMP CHK, AND FAILURE TO CONDUCT LNDG CHKLIST BEFORE DSCNT.
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.