|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : las.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 11000|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : l30.tracon|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||MD-83|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
The map light in the MD80 is poor/bad/cheapest thing that you can buy. You cannot see the approach/arrival plates. There is no reason; except economics and stupidity; that we still have this light on the aircraft. I have to hang a flashlight around my neck to be able to see the plates. They need to be changed as soon as possible. This is a safety problem and needs to be fixed right now; not when the aircraft go through maintenance. It is the little items that cause huge accidents.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MD80 PLT COMMENTS ON THE POOR ILLUMINATION OF THE PLT'S YOKE APCH PLATE HOLDERS BY THE CURRENT MAP LIGHTS.
Narrative: THE MAP LIGHT IN THE MD80 IS POOR/BAD/CHEAPEST THING THAT YOU CAN BUY. YOU CANNOT SEE THE APCH/ARR PLATES. THERE IS NO REASON; EXCEPT ECONOMICS AND STUPIDITY; THAT WE STILL HAVE THIS LIGHT ON THE ACFT. I HAVE TO HANG A FLASHLIGHT AROUND MY NECK TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE PLATES. THEY NEED TO BE CHANGED ASAP. THIS IS A SAFETY PROB AND NEEDS TO BE FIXED RIGHT NOW; NOT WHEN THE ACFT GO THROUGH MAINT. IT IS THE LITTLE ITEMS THAT CAUSE HUGE ACCIDENTS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 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.