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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : pmd|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1000|
msl bound upper : 1000
|Controlling Facilities||tower : pmd|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 42|
flight time total : 160
flight time type : 40
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : anomaly accepted
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
This solo flight was to be from rhv to whiteman field near burbank and to arrive before dark. Departure was delayed due to an unusually long wait for fuel at rhv. Darkness fell as I flew over castaic--about 20 mi out from bur approach control. Radio calls to approach, tower and whiteman field all went unanswered. There was still no contact over newhall where it was getting close to the bur arsa boundary. Visibility because obscure in haze in this area as well. While trying to follow the I-210 freeway in order to get closer to bur west/O violating the arsa, I actually followed the wrong freeway to palmdale. At this point VOR's didn't function (probably due to lack of range behind the mountains). I was unaware that I was one valley over and would be unable to contact san fernando valley radio stations even if the radios were functioning properly. After squawking 7600 and searching for an airport found air force plant 42 where I was given a steady green light for landing. No action was taken against me and I was allowed to takeoff for general fox airport after filling out necessary paperwork. Upon restarting at plant 42 the radios functioned properly and continued to function except when trying to activate flight plan departing fox. It seemed like there was simply no one to answer. Nothing wrong could be found with the radios. It could be that my altitude was too low to reach bur approach but I was receiving them west/O difficulty. My worst mistake may have been overreaching my experience level by leaving late and allowing myself to arrive at an unfamiliar destination (and arsa) after dusk. Radio problems wouldn't have rattled me if it had been daytime with reasonable visibility. Getting rattled contributed to my getting lost and then settling for any airport I could find rather than choosing the airport of my choice. I tried to stay low in order to stay below the outer portion of the arsa and out of the way of other aircraft. More altitude might have helped me avoid the navigation error that sent me to palmdale instead of just east of bur and made it easier to find myself once lost. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: reporter states he had never been to area before and was alone. Going down again soon and will take another pilot with him this time. After return flying club found wires loose at plug in areas for headset and microphone. This probably caused intermittent problem. Reporter now using another jack until repairs are made. Reporter left fox field for return trip and remained at fresno overnight.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LOST, EMERGENCY LNDG MIL FIELD.
Narrative: THIS SOLO FLT WAS TO BE FROM RHV TO WHITEMAN FIELD NEAR BURBANK AND TO ARRIVE BEFORE DARK. DEP WAS DELAYED DUE TO AN UNUSUALLY LONG WAIT FOR FUEL AT RHV. DARKNESS FELL AS I FLEW OVER CASTAIC--ABOUT 20 MI OUT FROM BUR APCH CTL. RADIO CALLS TO APCH, TWR AND WHITEMAN FIELD ALL WENT UNANSWERED. THERE WAS STILL NO CONTACT OVER NEWHALL WHERE IT WAS GETTING CLOSE TO THE BUR ARSA BOUNDARY. VIS BECAUSE OBSCURE IN HAZE IN THIS AREA AS WELL. WHILE TRYING TO FOLLOW THE I-210 FREEWAY IN ORDER TO GET CLOSER TO BUR W/O VIOLATING THE ARSA, I ACTUALLY FOLLOWED THE WRONG FREEWAY TO PALMDALE. AT THIS POINT VOR'S DIDN'T FUNCTION (PROBABLY DUE TO LACK OF RANGE BEHIND THE MOUNTAINS). I WAS UNAWARE THAT I WAS ONE VALLEY OVER AND WOULD BE UNABLE TO CONTACT SAN FERNANDO VALLEY RADIO STATIONS EVEN IF THE RADIOS WERE FUNCTIONING PROPERLY. AFTER SQUAWKING 7600 AND SEARCHING FOR AN ARPT FOUND AIR FORCE PLANT 42 WHERE I WAS GIVEN A STEADY GREEN LIGHT FOR LNDG. NO ACTION WAS TAKEN AGAINST ME AND I WAS ALLOWED TO TKOF FOR GENERAL FOX ARPT AFTER FILLING OUT NECESSARY PAPERWORK. UPON RESTARTING AT PLANT 42 THE RADIOS FUNCTIONED PROPERLY AND CONTINUED TO FUNCTION EXCEPT WHEN TRYING TO ACTIVATE FLT PLAN DEPARTING FOX. IT SEEMED LIKE THERE WAS SIMPLY NO ONE TO ANSWER. NOTHING WRONG COULD BE FOUND WITH THE RADIOS. IT COULD BE THAT MY ALT WAS TOO LOW TO REACH BUR APCH BUT I WAS RECEIVING THEM W/O DIFFICULTY. MY WORST MISTAKE MAY HAVE BEEN OVERREACHING MY EXPERIENCE LEVEL BY LEAVING LATE AND ALLOWING MYSELF TO ARRIVE AT AN UNFAMILIAR DEST (AND ARSA) AFTER DUSK. RADIO PROBS WOULDN'T HAVE RATTLED ME IF IT HAD BEEN DAYTIME WITH REASONABLE VIS. GETTING RATTLED CONTRIBUTED TO MY GETTING LOST AND THEN SETTLING FOR ANY ARPT I COULD FIND RATHER THAN CHOOSING THE ARPT OF MY CHOICE. I TRIED TO STAY LOW IN ORDER TO STAY BELOW THE OUTER PORTION OF THE ARSA AND OUT OF THE WAY OF OTHER ACFT. MORE ALT MIGHT HAVE HELPED ME AVOID THE NAV ERROR THAT SENT ME TO PALMDALE INSTEAD OF JUST E OF BUR AND MADE IT EASIER TO FIND MYSELF ONCE LOST. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: RPTR STATES HE HAD NEVER BEEN TO AREA BEFORE AND WAS ALONE. GOING DOWN AGAIN SOON AND WILL TAKE ANOTHER PLT WITH HIM THIS TIME. AFTER RETURN FLYING CLUB FOUND WIRES LOOSE AT PLUG IN AREAS FOR HEADSET AND MIC. THIS PROBABLY CAUSED INTERMITTENT PROB. RPTR NOW USING ANOTHER JACK UNTIL REPAIRS ARE MADE. RPTR LEFT FOX FIELD FOR RETURN TRIP AND REMAINED AT FRESNO OVERNIGHT.
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.