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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 8600|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : zzz.tower|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||PA-31 Navajo Chieftan/Mojave/Navajo T1020|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Route In Use||approach : visual|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : multi engine|
pilot : instrument
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 1100
flight time type : 370
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : landed in emergency condition|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Chain of events: second test flight after annual and install of 1 'new' engine in twin. Fuel load kept to a minimum as a precaution. Flts done in vicinity of airport. Upon return to airport; request for practice GPS approach granted by tower. On approach and descent; lost power to 1 engine; feathered propeller; restart failed; landed uneventfully (on 1 engine). Human performance considerations: fuel calculation done based on our usual 16 gph per engine; however; fuel consumption was to be at 24 gph for engine break in. Stupid me. Fuel starvation was likely cause of power loss as mechanic found no issues after landing. I won't make that mistake again!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A PA31 PILOT CONDUCTING A POST ENGINE CHANGE TEST FLT UPLOADED TOO LITTLE FUEL FOR THE TEST MANEUVERS AND FUEL STARVED ONE ENGINE ON APCH.
Narrative: CHAIN OF EVENTS: SECOND TEST FLT AFTER ANNUAL AND INSTALL OF 1 'NEW' ENG IN TWIN. FUEL LOAD KEPT TO A MINIMUM AS A PRECAUTION. FLTS DONE IN VICINITY OF ARPT. UPON RETURN TO ARPT; REQUEST FOR PRACTICE GPS APCH GRANTED BY TWR. ON APCH AND DSCNT; LOST PWR TO 1 ENG; FEATHERED PROP; RESTART FAILED; LANDED UNEVENTFULLY (ON 1 ENG). HUMAN PERFORMANCE CONSIDERATIONS: FUEL CALCULATION DONE BASED ON OUR USUAL 16 GPH PER ENG; HOWEVER; FUEL CONSUMPTION WAS TO BE AT 24 GPH FOR ENG BREAK IN. STUPID ME. FUEL STARVATION WAS LIKELY CAUSE OF PWR LOSS AS MECH FOUND NO ISSUES AFTER LNDG. I WON'T MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN!
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.