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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : acy|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2500|
msl bound upper : 2500
|Controlling Facilities||tower : acy|
tower : hou
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||instruction : instructor|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 6000
|Function||instruction : trainee|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 10|
flight time total : 600
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : unable
Cancelled IFR flight plan after arriving in the vicinity of acy from bed, for some practice approachs. Was in process of executing the last VOR/DME approach when engine stoppage occurred due apparently to fuel exhaustion. Glide to airport was contradicted because of strong headwinds. The only suitable landing area seen was the garden state parkway which was lit by the headlights of moderate traffic. The dead stick landing was then effected west/O harm or injury to persons or property. Apparent fuel exhaustion occurred after 4.3 hours from engine start when projected book endurance was in excess of 5.0 hours. Fuel gauges read 1/8 tank on both sides at time of occurrence. In the future I will view aircraft flight manual performance charts with much more skepticism.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA RUNS OUT OF GAS AND LANDS ON HIGHWAY.
Narrative: CANCELLED IFR FLT PLAN AFTER ARRIVING IN THE VICINITY OF ACY FROM BED, FOR SOME PRACTICE APCHS. WAS IN PROCESS OF EXECUTING THE LAST VOR/DME APCH WHEN ENG STOPPAGE OCCURRED DUE APPARENTLY TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. GLIDE TO ARPT WAS CONTRADICTED BECAUSE OF STRONG HEADWINDS. THE ONLY SUITABLE LNDG AREA SEEN WAS THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY WHICH WAS LIT BY THE HEADLIGHTS OF MODERATE TFC. THE DEAD STICK LNDG WAS THEN EFFECTED W/O HARM OR INJURY TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY. APPARENT FUEL EXHAUSTION OCCURRED AFTER 4.3 HOURS FROM ENG START WHEN PROJECTED BOOK ENDURANCE WAS IN EXCESS OF 5.0 HOURS. FUEL GAUGES READ 1/8 TANK ON BOTH SIDES AT TIME OF OCCURRENCE. IN THE FUTURE I WILL VIEW ACFT FLT MANUAL PERFORMANCE CHARTS WITH MUCH MORE SKEPTICISM.
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.