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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||PA-28 Cherokee/Archer II/Dakota/Pillan/Warrior|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 3|
flight time total : 320.9
flight time type : 17.6
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
ground encounters other
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
After pleasure flight, refueled at self service fuel pump. The 2 other pilots walked to the office. I got in, started engine, released hand brake and began taxiing to the tie-downs. When I started a left turn onto our ramp lane, I found that my foot pressure on the left toe brake pedal was not having the desired or expected effect and the aircraft proceeded to turn on a wider radius and the right wingtip struck the propeller of a piper PA28-160 which was parked there. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision. In later reconstructing of the event, I found that if my feet were placed high enough on the rudder pedals, my toes would press against a horizontal structural bar above and behind the toe brake pedals and would not actuate the brakes when pressure was applied.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LOW TIME PA28 PLT ATTEMPTED TO BRAKE WHILE TAXIING BUT WAS UNABLE DUE TO MISSING THE RUDDER-BRAKE ASSEMBLY COMPLETELY WHICH CAUSED IMPACT WITH A PARKED ACFT.
Narrative: AFTER PLEASURE FLT, REFUELED AT SELF SVC FUEL PUMP. THE 2 OTHER PLTS WALKED TO THE OFFICE. I GOT IN, STARTED ENG, RELEASED HAND BRAKE AND BEGAN TAXIING TO THE TIE-DOWNS. WHEN I STARTED A L TURN ONTO OUR RAMP LANE, I FOUND THAT MY FOOT PRESSURE ON THE L TOE BRAKE PEDAL WAS NOT HAVING THE DESIRED OR EXPECTED EFFECT AND THE ACFT PROCEEDED TO TURN ON A WIDER RADIUS AND THE R WINGTIP STRUCK THE PROP OF A PIPER PA28-160 WHICH WAS PARKED THERE. I WAS UNABLE TO STOP IN TIME TO AVOID THE COLLISION. IN LATER RECONSTRUCTING OF THE EVENT, I FOUND THAT IF MY FEET WERE PLACED HIGH ENOUGH ON THE RUDDER PEDALS, MY TOES WOULD PRESS AGAINST A HORIZ STRUCTURAL BAR ABOVE AND BEHIND THE TOE BRAKE PEDALS AND WOULD NOT ACTUATE THE BRAKES WHEN PRESSURE WAS APPLIED.
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.