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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : rno.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 6500|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : rno.tracon|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Baron 55/Cochise|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||climbout : initial|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 5|
flight time total : 1989
flight time type : 762
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : diverted to another airport|
Lost all electrical after rotating from airport! Cause: happened when gear-up procedure was occurring. Transponder was placed on 7600 to no avail due to electrical outage. Circled outside airport till everything was checked out! When I could not remedy problem; flew over airport center above tpa! Circled to get tower's attention over safe area away from airport! Flew to tpa over runway (rocked wings). Finally got green light. Landed airplane softly due to questionable gear down position. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: the aircraft had to be jump started as the batteries were completely dead. The aircraft alternator is not of sufficient capacity to power the landing gear motors without the assistance of the batteries and the dead batteries caused the alternator to fail. All of this information was learned after the fact.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: BE55 PILOT REPORTS TOTAL ELECTRICAL FAILURE AS GEAR IS RETRACTED AFTER TKOF. AFTER TROUBLESHOOTING WITHOUT SUCCESS; REPORTER RECEIVES GREEN LIGHT FROM TOWER AND LANDS SAFELY.
Narrative: LOST ALL ELECTRICAL AFTER ROTATING FROM ARPT! CAUSE: HAPPENED WHEN GEAR-UP PROC WAS OCCURRING. XPONDER WAS PLACED ON 7600 TO NO AVAIL DUE TO ELECTRICAL OUTAGE. CIRCLED OUTSIDE ARPT TILL EVERYTHING WAS CHKED OUT! WHEN I COULD NOT REMEDY PROB; FLEW OVER ARPT CTR ABOVE TPA! CIRCLED TO GET TWR'S ATTN OVER SAFE AREA AWAY FROM ARPT! FLEW TO TPA OVER RWY (ROCKED WINGS). FINALLY GOT GREEN LIGHT. LANDED AIRPLANE SOFTLY DUE TO QUESTIONABLE GEAR DOWN POS. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: THE ACFT HAD TO BE JUMP STARTED AS THE BATTERIES WERE COMPLETELY DEAD. THE ACFT ALTERNATOR IS NOT OF SUFFICIENT CAPACITY TO POWER THE LANDING GEAR MOTORS WITHOUT THE ASSISTANCE OF THE BATTERIES AND THE DEAD BATTERIES CAUSED THE ALTERNATOR TO FAIL. ALL OF THIS INFORMATION WAS LEARNED AFTER THE FACT.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of May 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.