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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : x47|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1600|
msl bound upper : 1600
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : dab|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Cheetah, Tiger, Traveler|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 185
flight time type : 30
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
I was flying an airplane rented from a local FBO en route to the washington, dc, area. The WX up in northern florida and southern georgia was IMC. I therefore decided to turn back and land at daytona beach. At flagler, while under the control of daytona approach, the engine had quit. I had filed an emergency and made an emergency landing at flagler county airport. Both tanks were on empty, maybe about 3 gallons were available. While airborne en route to my destination, I noticed the fuel gauges were inoperative. I had set the timer and should have flown for 4.5 hours. At 3.7 hours I had lost the engine. I believe there could have been a fuel leak within the aircraft. During the trip the mixture was leaned, so the excessive burn rate due to rich mixture was not a factor. I believe that with operative gauges, the incident would not have occurred. Fuel quantity should not be computed solely by the engine run time, but with actual working gauges.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PVT PLT OF AN AMERICAN AA5 RAN OUT OF FUEL, DECLARED AN EMER TO ATC AND WAS FORCED TO LAND ON AN ARPT WHICH HE WAS OVERFLYING ENRTE TO HIS DEST. THE RPTR BELIEVES THAT IF THE FUEL GAUGES WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE ACCURATE THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE RUN OUT OF FUEL SINCE KEEPING AN ACCOUNTING OF THE TIME FUEL WAS USED WAS NOT ACCURATE.
Narrative: I WAS FLYING AN AIRPLANE RENTED FROM A LCL FBO ENRTE TO THE WASHINGTON, DC, AREA. THE WX UP IN NORTHERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHERN GEORGIA WAS IMC. I THEREFORE DECIDED TO TURN BACK AND LAND AT DAYTONA BEACH. AT FLAGLER, WHILE UNDER THE CTL OF DAYTONA APCH, THE ENG HAD QUIT. I HAD FILED AN EMER AND MADE AN EMER LNDG AT FLAGLER COUNTY ARPT. BOTH TANKS WERE ON EMPTY, MAYBE ABOUT 3 GALLONS WERE AVAILABLE. WHILE AIRBORNE ENRTE TO MY DEST, I NOTICED THE FUEL GAUGES WERE INOP. I HAD SET THE TIMER AND SHOULD HAVE FLOWN FOR 4.5 HRS. AT 3.7 HRS I HAD LOST THE ENG. I BELIEVE THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A FUEL LEAK WITHIN THE ACFT. DURING THE TRIP THE MIXTURE WAS LEANED, SO THE EXCESSIVE BURN RATE DUE TO RICH MIXTURE WAS NOT A FACTOR. I BELIEVE THAT WITH OPERATIVE GAUGES, THE INCIDENT WOULD NOT HAVE OCCURRED. FUEL QUANTITY SHOULD NOT BE COMPUTED SOLELY BY THE ENG RUN TIME, BUT WITH ACTUAL WORKING GAUGES.
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.