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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : cpr|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : mco|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||instruction : instructor|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 1312
flight time type : 800
|Function||instruction : trainee|
|Qualification||pilot : student|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Before the final training flight of the day (#5) and after obtaining fuel on board information from the student, I calculated 1.5 hours fuel remaining (at 75% power) based on an experienced fuel burn of 7.5 gph. We proceeded with the lesson and began inbound at 0.8 hours hobbs time. At 0.9 hours we experienced fuel starvation, informed approach of our intentions and landed west/O further problems. By using information which I did not personally verify, I unknowingly invited the inevitable. Contributing factors: instrument pilot fatigue and complacency. Erroneous judgement: high density altitude helped me to rationalize that less fuel (weight) was desirable. However, not verifying fuel load was the ultimate cause. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: the dipstick that the student used was improperly calibrated, it showed more fuel than was actually in the tank. The reporter set up to land on a hard-surfaced road. At the last minute, at about 100' AGL, he noticed power lines and made a right turn and landed on a 1200' long driveway, touching down on the last 300'. No damage. Aircraft was refueled and flown out the same day. No repercussions other than teasing from his peers.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA LOST ENGINE FROM FUEL STARVATION AND MADE FORCED LNDG.
Narrative: BEFORE THE FINAL TRNING FLT OF THE DAY (#5) AND AFTER OBTAINING FUEL ON BOARD INFO FROM THE STUDENT, I CALCULATED 1.5 HRS FUEL REMAINING (AT 75% PWR) BASED ON AN EXPERIENCED FUEL BURN OF 7.5 GPH. WE PROCEEDED WITH THE LESSON AND BEGAN INBND AT 0.8 HRS HOBBS TIME. AT 0.9 HRS WE EXPERIENCED FUEL STARVATION, INFORMED APCH OF OUR INTENTIONS AND LANDED W/O FURTHER PROBS. BY USING INFO WHICH I DID NOT PERSONALLY VERIFY, I UNKNOWINGLY INVITED THE INEVITABLE. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS: INSTR PLT FATIGUE AND COMPLACENCY. ERRONEOUS JUDGEMENT: HIGH DENSITY ALT HELPED ME TO RATIONALIZE THAT LESS FUEL (WT) WAS DESIRABLE. HOWEVER, NOT VERIFYING FUEL LOAD WAS THE ULTIMATE CAUSE. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: THE DIPSTICK THAT THE STUDENT USED WAS IMPROPERLY CALIBRATED, IT SHOWED MORE FUEL THAN WAS ACTUALLY IN THE TANK. THE REPORTER SET UP TO LAND ON A HARD-SURFACED ROAD. AT THE LAST MINUTE, AT ABOUT 100' AGL, HE NOTICED PWR LINES AND MADE A RIGHT TURN AND LANDED ON A 1200' LONG DRIVEWAY, TOUCHING DOWN ON THE LAST 300'. NO DAMAGE. ACFT WAS REFUELED AND FLOWN OUT THE SAME DAY. NO REPERCUSSIONS OTHER THAN TEASING FROM HIS PEERS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.