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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : n79|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Experimental|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 440
flight time type : 42
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
The problem arose during landing and rollout of my tail dragger replica. Conditions were gusts (intermittent) and slight xwinds. I was down and slowing, about to apply brakes. Aircraft was in a 3-POINT attitude when an unexpected wind gust lifted its nose high into the air and slammed it down hard on the gear. This resulted in extensive damage to gear and propeller. Corrective actions in a situation such as this calls for, in my opinion, the higher speed approach and touchdown on main gear (wheel landing) which affords the pilot better and extended control during the rollout.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: DURING LNDG ROLL WITH GUSTS AND SLIGHT XWINDS THE ACFT WAS DOWN, SLOWING, ABOUT TO APPLY BRAKES, ACFT WAS IN A 3 POINT ATTITUDE WHEN AN UNEXPECTED WIND GUST LIFTED ITS NOSE HIGH INTO THE AIR AND SLAMMED IT DOWN HARD ON THE GEAR. THIS RESULTED IN EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE GEAR AND PROP.
Narrative: THE PROB AROSE DURING LNDG AND ROLLOUT OF MY TAIL DRAGGER REPLICA. CONDITIONS WERE GUSTS (INTERMITTENT) AND SLIGHT XWINDS. I WAS DOWN AND SLOWING, ABOUT TO APPLY BRAKES. ACFT WAS IN A 3-POINT ATTITUDE WHEN AN UNEXPECTED WIND GUST LIFTED ITS NOSE HIGH INTO THE AIR AND SLAMMED IT DOWN HARD ON THE GEAR. THIS RESULTED IN EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO GEAR AND PROP. CORRECTIVE ACTIONS IN A SIT SUCH AS THIS CALLS FOR, IN MY OPINION, THE HIGHER SPD APCH AND TOUCHDOWN ON MAIN GEAR (WHEEL LNDG) WHICH AFFORDS THE PLT BETTER AND EXTENDED CTL DURING THE ROLLOUT.
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.