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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : frg|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1600|
msl bound upper : 1600
|Controlling Facilities||tower : frgt|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
ground : preflight
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 1000
flight time type : 100
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Upon leveling off at 1600' one of the float compartment doors separated from the left amphibious float in flight. This caused an uneven airflow over the top surface of the float, and a buffeting was felt. I immediately returned to frg airport and made an uneventful landing. The door was retrieved with no injury or property damage. FAA was notified by frg tower! Compartment door was put back on aircraft and resecured by 4 bolts which had loosened mysteriously.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: IMPROPERLY SECURED FLOAT COMPARTMENT HATCH SEPARATES IN FLT, HATCH DOOR AND SEAPLANE LAND SEPARATELY.
Narrative: UPON LEVELING OFF AT 1600' ONE OF THE FLOAT COMPARTMENT DOORS SEPARATED FROM THE LEFT AMPHIBIOUS FLOAT IN FLT. THIS CAUSED AN UNEVEN AIRFLOW OVER THE TOP SURFACE OF THE FLOAT, AND A BUFFETING WAS FELT. I IMMEDIATELY RETURNED TO FRG ARPT AND MADE AN UNEVENTFUL LNDG. THE DOOR WAS RETRIEVED WITH NO INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE. FAA WAS NOTIFIED BY FRG TWR! COMPARTMENT DOOR WAS PUT BACK ON ACFT AND RESECURED BY 4 BOLTS WHICH HAD LOOSENED MYSTERIOUSLY.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.