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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||PA-28 Cherokee Arrow IV|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
landing : roll
|Route In Use||approach : traffic pattern|
|Function||instruction : instructor|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 750
flight time type : 200
|Function||instruction : trainee|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Anomaly||ground encounters : gear up landing|
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : nose gear indicator|
other flight crewa
other flight crewb
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : landed in emergency condition|
We were in a piper arrow practicing commercial maneuvers. When we extended the gear, our nosewheel didn't lock down. First, we tried switching bulbs and extending the emergency gear lever. When it was clear our nosewheel was not down and locked, we went to the airport to get assistance from the mechanics on the ground. After an hour or more of troubleshooting, we began to prepare for a nosewheel up landing. Some of the things we tried were recycling the gear, yawing the airplane, extending the gear at various airspds with both the emergency lever and normal extension procedures, and performing each of the suggestions listed in the afm. We made our landing with the mains down and locked and a dangling nose gear. We cut the fuel and mixture 200 ft AGL and landed on the longest runway available. There were no injuries and minimal aircraft damage. Initial inspection indicates spring attached to nosewheel broke in-flight due to metal fatigue.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PIPER ARROW PLTS HAVE NOSE LNDG GEAR MALFUNCTION AND MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY NOSE GEAR UP LNDG.
Narrative: WE WERE IN A PIPER ARROW PRACTICING COMMERCIAL MANEUVERS. WHEN WE EXTENDED THE GEAR, OUR NOSEWHEEL DIDN'T LOCK DOWN. FIRST, WE TRIED SWITCHING BULBS AND EXTENDING THE EMER GEAR LEVER. WHEN IT WAS CLEAR OUR NOSEWHEEL WAS NOT DOWN AND LOCKED, WE WENT TO THE ARPT TO GET ASSISTANCE FROM THE MECHS ON THE GND. AFTER AN HR OR MORE OF TROUBLESHOOTING, WE BEGAN TO PREPARE FOR A NOSEWHEEL UP LNDG. SOME OF THE THINGS WE TRIED WERE RECYCLING THE GEAR, YAWING THE AIRPLANE, EXTENDING THE GEAR AT VARIOUS AIRSPDS WITH BOTH THE EMER LEVER AND NORMAL EXTENSION PROCS, AND PERFORMING EACH OF THE SUGGESTIONS LISTED IN THE AFM. WE MADE OUR LNDG WITH THE MAINS DOWN AND LOCKED AND A DANGLING NOSE GEAR. WE CUT THE FUEL AND MIXTURE 200 FT AGL AND LANDED ON THE LONGEST RWY AVAILABLE. THERE WERE NO INJURIES AND MINIMAL ACFT DAMAGE. INITIAL INSPECTION INDICATES SPRING ATTACHED TO NOSEWHEEL BROKE INFLT DUE TO METAL FATIGUE.
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.