This is an excerpt from a report made to the Aviation Safety Reporting System. The narrative is written by the pilot, rather than FAA or NTSB officials. To maintain anonymity, many details, such as aircraft model or airport, are often scrubbed from the reports.
Lost power at approximately 1,000 feet toward end of climbout to remain in pattern for touch and goes.
I was probably 1/4 to 1/2 mile beyond the end of the runway. Turned back to runway and informed Tower I had lost power and needed to land.
I checked for any remedial problems and saw none, but noticed my prop was not turning.
I proceeded to land back on the runway and coasted to a stop on the taxiway. I was able to hand push the plane to the fuel pumps and added fuel and the plane then restarted.
The puzzle being the plane only took approximately 26 gallons when the tank holds 36, though only 32 usable, so I think there is some chance I might have had a vacuum created in the fuel tank.
I do run unvented fuel caps per a notice regarding the Aeronca Sedans because with vented caps there had been some incidents of planes running out of power attributed to the wing at higher pitch up, creating a vacuum at the tank.
The Aeronca Sedan has a belly vent that faces forward to pressurize the fuel tanks, or I could just have not realized how low the fuel was and it lost power because of the pitch up for climb then couldn’t restart because the prop stopped turning, i.e., I didn’t pitch down aggressively enough.
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