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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : sat.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 1000|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : rap.tower|
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Jet Ranger/Kiowa/206|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Affiliation||company : corporate|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : multi engine|
pilot : instrument
pilot : cfi
pilot : commercial
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 2600
flight time type : 900
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
incursion : landing without clearance
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : gen fail light|
other flight crewa
On this date, I had a generator failure. It was dark and I was on battery power. 20 mi out, I began squawking 7600 in an attempt to let sat know I had problems. I turned off all items not needed. I flew the helicopter approach to sat. I held just north of sat waiting for light gun signals to land. I held for about 10 mins. Still no light signals were observed. Having 3 passenger and it being nighttime, I didn't want to fly to an uncontrolled airport north of sat and try to land with no power or landing lights as well as position lights. I had no radio power to turn on runway lights or taxiway lights. As the captain of this flight, I chose to fly to an airport that I knew well enough to land safely. I waited north (1 mi) until no aircraft was observed in the traffic pattern or on final. Also, no aircraft movement on the ground as well, was observed. Still with no light gun signal coming from the tower, I decided to go ahead and land. I remained clear of all runways and txwys and landed at sat. After landing, I called the sat tower and spoke with the controller in charge. The controller didn't even know I had landed at sat, and that there was no problem. The main reason that I am writing this letter is I landed and flew in controled airspace without a clearance. Due to my emergency, I felt I had no other choices that were safe for myself as well as my passenger. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time. Thank you for your time.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B206 PLT HAS GENERATOR FAILURE AND LWOC AT SAT.
Narrative: ON THIS DATE, I HAD A GENERATOR FAILURE. IT WAS DARK AND I WAS ON BATTERY PWR. 20 MI OUT, I BEGAN SQUAWKING 7600 IN AN ATTEMPT TO LET SAT KNOW I HAD PROBS. I TURNED OFF ALL ITEMS NOT NEEDED. I FLEW THE HELI APCH TO SAT. I HELD JUST N OF SAT WAITING FOR LIGHT GUN SIGNALS TO LAND. I HELD FOR ABOUT 10 MINS. STILL NO LIGHT SIGNALS WERE OBSERVED. HAVING 3 PAX AND IT BEING NIGHTTIME, I DIDN'T WANT TO FLY TO AN UNCTLED ARPT N OF SAT AND TRY TO LAND WITH NO PWR OR LNDG LIGHTS AS WELL AS POS LIGHTS. I HAD NO RADIO PWR TO TURN ON RWY LIGHTS OR TXWY LIGHTS. AS THE CAPT OF THIS FLT, I CHOSE TO FLY TO AN ARPT THAT I KNEW WELL ENOUGH TO LAND SAFELY. I WAITED N (1 MI) UNTIL NO ACFT WAS OBSERVED IN THE TFC PATTERN OR ON FINAL. ALSO, NO ACFT MOVEMENT ON THE GND AS WELL, WAS OBSERVED. STILL WITH NO LIGHT GUN SIGNAL COMING FROM THE TWR, I DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND LAND. I REMAINED CLR OF ALL RWYS AND TXWYS AND LANDED AT SAT. AFTER LNDG, I CALLED THE SAT TWR AND SPOKE WITH THE CTLR IN CHARGE. THE CTLR DIDN'T EVEN KNOW I HAD LANDED AT SAT, AND THAT THERE WAS NO PROB. THE MAIN REASON THAT I AM WRITING THIS LETTER IS I LANDED AND FLEW IN CTLED AIRSPACE WITHOUT A CLRNC. DUE TO MY EMER, I FELT I HAD NO OTHER CHOICES THAT WERE SAFE FOR MYSELF AS WELL AS MY PAX. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AT ANY TIME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.
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.