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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : bna|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
descent : approach
|Route In Use||approach : svfr|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 266|
flight time total : 3000
flight time type : 1500
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was at a small airport about 4-5 NM from bna. Plane is based at bna. WX was 900 broken and visibility 1 NM. I telephoned bna tower to give me clearance to come over instead of giving me an IFR clearance. They gave me a special VFR into the control zone. When I thought it would have been better to have had an instrument so I could have tracked the localizer to the airport (see diagram on back) after airborne and about 2 NM away (1/2 way between both airports), I could tell that visibility wasn't 1 mi, or at least this is what it appeared to me. When I was 1 NM away, tower asked if I saw the field, which I did not. Then tower said it looked as if I was coming midfield instead of to runway 13. At that time I saw the field and I was midfield. The end of runway 13 was at my 9 O'clock position. I acknowledged and tower told me to take any runway I needed. I replied that I could get on runway 13 as it was very long. I made a sharp left (90 degrees) then right (90 degrees) and was on runway 13. While making these split second turns and decisions and keeping VFR, I must have failed to notice that my gears were up. Since my flight was only 4.5 NM, I wasn't going to retract them when I took off. However, I must have done so by force of habit. However, the gears were popped open when the aircraft came to rest on the runway.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA ON SPECIAL VFR FROM SATELLITE ARPT TO PRIMARY ARPT THOUGHT HE HAD LEFT THE GEAR DOWN. LOWER THAN EXPECTED IN FLT VISIBILITY DISTRACTED PLT AND HE LANDED GEAR UP.
Narrative: I WAS AT A SMALL ARPT ABOUT 4-5 NM FROM BNA. PLANE IS BASED AT BNA. WX WAS 900 BROKEN AND VISIBILITY 1 NM. I TELEPHONED BNA TWR TO GIVE ME CLRNC TO COME OVER INSTEAD OF GIVING ME AN IFR CLRNC. THEY GAVE ME A SPECIAL VFR INTO THE CTL ZONE. WHEN I THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO HAVE HAD AN INSTR SO I COULD HAVE TRACKED THE LOC TO THE ARPT (SEE DIAGRAM ON BACK) AFTER AIRBORNE AND ABOUT 2 NM AWAY (1/2 WAY BTWN BOTH ARPTS), I COULD TELL THAT VISIBILITY WASN'T 1 MI, OR AT LEAST THIS IS WHAT IT APPEARED TO ME. WHEN I WAS 1 NM AWAY, TWR ASKED IF I SAW THE FIELD, WHICH I DID NOT. THEN TWR SAID IT LOOKED AS IF I WAS COMING MIDFIELD INSTEAD OF TO RWY 13. AT THAT TIME I SAW THE FIELD AND I WAS MIDFIELD. THE END OF RWY 13 WAS AT MY 9 O'CLOCK POS. I ACKNOWLEDGED AND TWR TOLD ME TO TAKE ANY RWY I NEEDED. I REPLIED THAT I COULD GET ON RWY 13 AS IT WAS VERY LONG. I MADE A SHARP LEFT (90 DEGS) THEN RIGHT (90 DEGS) AND WAS ON RWY 13. WHILE MAKING THESE SPLIT SEC TURNS AND DECISIONS AND KEEPING VFR, I MUST HAVE FAILED TO NOTICE THAT MY GEARS WERE UP. SINCE MY FLT WAS ONLY 4.5 NM, I WASN'T GOING TO RETRACT THEM WHEN I TOOK OFF. HOWEVER, I MUST HAVE DONE SO BY FORCE OF HABIT. HOWEVER, THE GEARS WERE POPPED OPEN WHEN THE ACFT CAME TO REST ON THE RWY.
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.