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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : 06u|
|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||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 17568
flight time type : 40
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Home-built, experimental aircraft was modified to retractable landing gear. Gear switch is 3 position, i.e., 'up' 'neutral' 'down'. Pilot moved switch toward 'down' and consequently landed with gear up because switch inadvertently returned to 'neutral' and disabled warning horn and light. Contributing factors: pilot had never been here and was unfamiliar with downslope of airport to the south. (Unicom reported traffic using runway 15 on 5 mi out call.) rising terrain to north requires a long approach at low altitude AGL for shallow approach required by this aircraft and distracted the pilot from adequately checking gear down position of switch and indicators. Several aircraft were waiting to depart on runway 15 which would be preferred for takeoff. Runway 33 would be preferred for lndgs, and pilot was accommodating those aircraft.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GEAR UP LNDG AT NON TWR ARPT.
Narrative: HOME-BUILT, EXPERIMENTAL ACFT WAS MODIFIED TO RETRACTABLE LNDG GEAR. GEAR SWITCH IS 3 POS, I.E., 'UP' 'NEUTRAL' 'DOWN'. PLT MOVED SWITCH TOWARD 'DOWN' AND CONSEQUENTLY LANDED WITH GEAR UP BECAUSE SWITCH INADVERTENTLY RETURNED TO 'NEUTRAL' AND DISABLED WARNING HORN AND LIGHT. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS: PLT HAD NEVER BEEN HERE AND WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH DOWNSLOPE OF ARPT TO THE S. (UNICOM RPTED TFC USING RWY 15 ON 5 MI OUT CALL.) RISING TERRAIN TO N REQUIRES A LONG APCH AT LOW ALT AGL FOR SHALLOW APCH REQUIRED BY THIS ACFT AND DISTRACTED THE PLT FROM ADEQUATELY CHKING GEAR DOWN POS OF SWITCH AND INDICATORS. SEVERAL ACFT WERE WAITING TO DEPART ON RWY 15 WHICH WOULD BE PREFERRED FOR TKOF. RWY 33 WOULD BE PREFERRED FOR LNDGS, AND PLT WAS ACCOMMODATING THOSE ACFT.
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.