Jeremy  Smith

Jeremy Smith

38 years old
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Jemison, Alabama
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    4 years ago
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    Jeremy Smith S@#%..!! Engine Out Well it was a beautiful evening to go flying last Wed. Some folks wanted some aerial photos of the power plant. So I headed off to the airport around 5pm. Stopped off for some good, NO Ethanol 93 Octane. Put 6 gal in one can and 3 in the other. Subtract out 1 gallon/ 3.65 = .27 for reserve. 8 gal / 3.65per hr = 2.2 hrs. Thought .2 + .27 = .47reserve. That ought to do it. I’m planning on flying about 2 hours max. After a good pre flight and check out of the camera, I was wheels up at 5:58pm. When I finished the photo run, I had been up for 58 min. Plenty of time to run over to Shelby Co. and see who’s around. GPS Says 26 min out. Sure enough, I’m on the ground at Shelby 30 min later. I was back in the air about 7:50 and GPS said 29min out from Chilton Co. Sounds good to me.. As I got closer to Chilton county I vered over to the west a little to follow Hwy 31. No Stranger to night flying, I do like to keep the Hwy Close. At 2 miles out and 1200ft, I heard a Heli calling Chilton Co. Traffic. So I responded to verify his position and intentions. He replied that he was 7 mile North at 1500ft and just transitioning the airspace. I responded that I was 2mi NW at 1200 and I had him in sight. No Sooner than I had release the PTT, I heard the engine burp followed by Silence. “SHIT…Engine OUT.” The bar immediately became heavy and I instinctively pushed to slow the decent, followed by “Just fly it” Knowing exactly where I was, and a quick glance to the Hwy on the right, I hit the PTT and Called to the Heli. “Mayday Engine Out on Experimental delta wing. Mayday. Engine Out. Landing Hwy 31 North.” “I’m Turning Final for Hwy 31.. North Clanton” as I saw a couple of cars pass benethe me. “Power Lines?? I’ll just have to fly under.” As I came to flair “Power Lines??” Wheels down “I’m OK” Smooth landing “Get on Brakes and Turn Off” From my best guess this all took place in about 30-40sec. The decision on where to go about 1-2 sec. After I pushed the trike further off the road, I got back on the Radio with the Heli who spun around to look for me. I let him know that I landed safely on Hwy 31N with no damage to person, aircraft or property. He said he would notify 911 and hang around till he saw them on the way. I got out and checked the Tank, Bone Dry…Looked at the hobbs exactly 2hrs??!! Next, I got on the phone to LeAnne. “ You back??” “Sorta” “Everything OK?” “Yeah….I just need you to bring me some gas” “Where are you ?” “Well me and the Plane are up here on 31N in Clanton.” “Shit…I’m on my way.” The first cop on the scene was LeAnne’s cousin Glenn. He pulls up with the window down. “Sir, are you all right?” I lean in the window and wave,“Hey Glenn.” And he just started shaking his head.. While waiting on LeAnne to get back with the gas, six Cop cars and 2 State Troopers arrive. After checking everything over and putting in some gas. I rode with a cop who had a spot light, to check the power line and see if I could get out of there. We determined there was about 1500 to 2000ft between the lines. They blocked off the Hwy and shined the spot lights on the lines as I took off. I can only thank God that everything worked out. Where Did the .47 reserve go?? Manuvering Flight with 3 climbs, and 30hrs on Plugs and airfilter. Experimentation to follow and Confirm. Take Care Jeremy Smith with Trikepilot Social
    4 years ago
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    • Uwe Goehl
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      Uwe Goehl Thanks for sharing your story, Jeremy, so that we can all learn from it. Glad to hear that you are OK and as Gregg and Abid said, get the NASA ASRS form in today to protect yourself from possible certificate action and to allow others to learn from your occurence. Safe Flying!
      4 years ago
    • Larry Wallace
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      Larry Wallace Having been in that circumstance before, I can truthfully say that the sphincter muscles really get a workout during that long minute! It just reminds me again of the adage, "The only time you can have too much gas is when you are on fire!" Good outcome...good story. Larryboy
      4 years ago
    • Abid Farooqui
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      Abid Farooqui Jeremy: Glad you are ok. But I got to be honest with you, this is a bit disappointing. I know you know better and were taught better and you are a private pilot also. This sinful mistake should never happen again. You got to make that promise to yourself. When you have no reason to carry less fuel, don't carry less fuel. The only useless fuel is the one left on the ground and only dangerous fuel is when your aircraft is on fire.
      4 years ago
    • Rizwan Bukhari
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      Rizwan Bukhari I am glad that you are OK, what a story and thankfully with a good outcome.
      4 years ago
    • Lee Schmitt
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      Lee Schmitt glad you are ok Jeremy!
      4 years ago
    • Gregg Ludwig
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      Gregg Ludwig Jeremy, this was an unintentional error so that I hope you filed an ASAP report. I must ask, did you check the fuel status after your enroute stop? A revierw of engine fuel consumption shows huge differences with changes in power settings. Your excellent emergency landing skills made up for your poor fuel management skills. Thanks for the report.
      4 years ago
    • Abid Farooqui
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      Abid Farooqui Yes Jeremy, File the incident report soon voluntarily. Otherwise they may make it a bad situation. Gregg is right, my biggest disappointment is about you not checking fuel level enroute. Your initial calculation was fine based on your possibly faulty assumptions. But that is an honest mistake. I have been there too but I will never be there again. You can bet on that. You ought to do that also. Once is enough.
      4 years ago
    • david coy
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      david coy yup so glad youre ok.really good naritive on e/o.goin from hang glider to trikes ive got to up my knowlege of fuel consuption.also good example of that instructor catching you off guard with where would you land rite now if you had e/o.looks like you were ahead of that good job :-)
      4 years ago
    • Uwe Goehl
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      Uwe Goehl Thanks for sharing your story, Jeremy, so that we can all learn from it. Glad to hear that you are OK and as Gregg and Abid said, get the NASA ASRS form in today to protect yourself from possible certificate action and to allow others to learn from your occurence. Safe Flying!
      4 years ago

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Private Pilot SEL since Oct.06, Currently flying C-172SP and occasionaly a Piper Warrior. 136hrs ASEL Recieved WSC endorsements Apr. 09, Proud owner of Pegasus QII. 98hrs Trike

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