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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : sjc|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 0|
msl bound upper : 133
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 3|
flight time total : 65
flight time type : 3
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
The problem arose by making a hard landing which started the aircraft to porpoise. On the first porpoise, the propeller was struck. The main contributing factor in the miscue was the inability to fly consistently and on a regular basis for the past 90 days. Upon stopping the engine at the end of the flight the problem was discovered. My decision to go around was made at facts of: there was no significant engine roughness, no engine stoppage and the fear that the aircraft was going to stall because I was holding the nose off after initial contact. After the initial porpoise, the aircraft was fairly high off the ground and the fear of the stall was imminent in my mind. Therefore, I decide to make a go around. Again the inability to fly on a regular basis contributed to poor judgement on the flare which most definitely caused the hard landing.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PRIVATE PLT MAKES HARD LNDG, PORPOISES, DOES A GAR. DISCOVERS PROP DAMAGE AFTER SHUTDOWN.
Narrative: THE PROBLEM AROSE BY MAKING A HARD LNDG WHICH STARTED THE ACFT TO PORPOISE. ON THE FIRST PORPOISE, THE PROP WAS STRUCK. THE MAIN CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN THE MISCUE WAS THE INABILITY TO FLY CONSISTENTLY AND ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR THE PAST 90 DAYS. UPON STOPPING THE ENG AT THE END OF THE FLT THE PROBLEM WAS DISCOVERED. MY DECISION TO GAR WAS MADE AT FACTS OF: THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT ENG ROUGHNESS, NO ENG STOPPAGE AND THE FEAR THAT THE ACFT WAS GOING TO STALL BECAUSE I WAS HOLDING THE NOSE OFF AFTER INITIAL CONTACT. AFTER THE INITIAL PORPOISE, THE ACFT WAS FAIRLY HIGH OFF THE GND AND THE FEAR OF THE STALL WAS IMMINENT IN MY MIND. THEREFORE, I DECIDE TO MAKE A GAR. AGAIN THE INABILITY TO FLY ON A REGULAR BASIS CONTRIBUTED TO POOR JUDGEMENT ON THE FLARE WHICH MOST DEFINITELY CAUSED THE HARD LNDG.
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.