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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : x26|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 100|
agl bound upper : 100
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Commercial Fixed Wing|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 2600
flight time type : 150
|Function||oversight : airport manager|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other other : unspecified
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : overcame equipment problem|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
During the wkend and previous week, my aircraft was contracted to carry sport parachute jumpers to altitude. This 'event' was in sebastian, fl, at X26 airport. On departure from the field (apr/fri/95 at approximately XA40) the nose gear green light (indicating gear down) did not extinguish. The gear was cycled 1 time providing the same indication of nose gear down. I elected to contact skydive company on their authority/authorized frequency of 122.90 and requested a visual inspection by their mechanic from the ground. The mechanic and a video man positioned themselves towards the center of the field roughly 75 yards towards the center of the field away from the taxiway. With the mechanic and video man observing I executed a slow speed low altitude fly-by to determine the status of the nose gear. Confirmation from the mechanic was that the nose gear was stowed and the gear door closed. I completed my repositioning flight to titusville fl (X21) and upon inspection by a mechanic it was determined that the nose gear micro switch was out of adjustment. Adjustment to the switch was completed in titusville. It is my understanding, upon landing at titusville that the airport manager of the sebastian airport made a verbal complaint, via phone, to a parachute jumping company owner and indicated his intention to file a written complaint to the FAA regarding what he considered to be unsafe flight operations by a contracted jump aircraft. It is my understanding that the airport manager and a parachute jumping company operator have a confrontational relationship, at best. In addition, I understand that airport manager was displeased and had complained at the city council meeting the evening before about the position I had left my aircraft parked on the ramp. My aircraft was parked in a manner to allow normal aircraft operations, but to minimize the possibility of foreign object damage ingestion, as the runway and taxiway areas were, and are, littered with foreign object debris. The low speed, low altitude fly-by was conducted for a valid purpose with air-to-ground communication. I feel that the perspective and intent of the airport manager regarding this matter is not based on valid information or fact, but on his unsupportive relationship with the parachute jumping company operator.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACFT EQUIP PROB. THE NOSE GEAR GREEN LIGHT REMAINED ILLUMINATED WITH THE GEAR UP AND LOCKED.
Narrative: DURING THE WKEND AND PREVIOUS WK, MY ACFT WAS CONTRACTED TO CARRY SPORT PARACHUTE JUMPERS TO ALT. THIS 'EVENT' WAS IN SEBASTIAN, FL, AT X26 ARPT. ON DEP FROM THE FIELD (APR/FRI/95 AT APPROX XA40) THE NOSE GEAR GREEN LIGHT (INDICATING GEAR DOWN) DID NOT EXTINGUISH. THE GEAR WAS CYCLED 1 TIME PROVIDING THE SAME INDICATION OF NOSE GEAR DOWN. I ELECTED TO CONTACT SKYDIVE COMPANY ON THEIR AUTH FREQ OF 122.90 AND REQUESTED A VISUAL INSPECTION BY THEIR MECH FROM THE GND. THE MECH AND A VIDEO MAN POSITIONED THEMSELVES TOWARDS THE CTR OF THE FIELD ROUGHLY 75 YARDS TOWARDS THE CTR OF THE FIELD AWAY FROM THE TXWY. WITH THE MECH AND VIDEO MAN OBSERVING I EXECUTED A SLOW SPD LOW ALT FLY-BY TO DETERMINE THE STATUS OF THE NOSE GEAR. CONFIRMATION FROM THE MECH WAS THAT THE NOSE GEAR WAS STOWED AND THE GEAR DOOR CLOSED. I COMPLETED MY REPOSITIONING FLT TO TITUSVILLE FL (X21) AND UPON INSPECTION BY A MECH IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE NOSE GEAR MICRO SWITCH WAS OUT OF ADJUSTMENT. ADJUSTMENT TO THE SWITCH WAS COMPLETED IN TITUSVILLE. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING, UPON LNDG AT TITUSVILLE THAT THE ARPT MGR OF THE SEBASTIAN ARPT MADE A VERBAL COMPLAINT, VIA PHONE, TO A PARACHUTE JUMPING COMPANY OWNER AND INDICATED HIS INTENTION TO FILE A WRITTEN COMPLAINT TO THE FAA REGARDING WHAT HE CONSIDERED TO BE UNSAFE FLT OPS BY A CONTRACTED JUMP ACFT. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE ARPT MGR AND A PARACHUTE JUMPING COMPANY OPERATOR HAVE A CONFRONTATIONAL RELATIONSHIP, AT BEST. IN ADDITION, I UNDERSTAND THAT ARPT MGR WAS DISPLEASED AND HAD COMPLAINED AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING THE EVENING BEFORE ABOUT THE POS I HAD LEFT MY ACFT PARKED ON THE RAMP. MY ACFT WAS PARKED IN A MANNER TO ALLOW NORMAL ACFT OPS, BUT TO MINIMIZE THE POSSIBILITY OF FOREIGN OBJECT DAMAGE INGESTION, AS THE RWY AND TXWY AREAS WERE, AND ARE, LITTERED WITH FOREIGN OBJECT DEBRIS. THE LOW SPD, LOW ALT FLY-BY WAS CONDUCTED FOR A VALID PURPOSE WITH AIR-TO-GND COM. I FEEL THAT THE PERSPECTIVE AND INTENT OF THE ARPT MGR REGARDING THIS MATTER IS NOT BASED ON VALID INFO OR FACT, BUT ON HIS UNSUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PARACHUTE JUMPING COMPANY OPERATOR.
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.