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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : dvt|
|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||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 25|
flight time total : 1500
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
While inbound to deer valley from holbrook az I encountered several hot air balloon's (10 or more) that were between our flight path and the airport. I turned northwest to insure ample spacing and while watching for balloons, other air traffic, contending with bright sun light in my eye's, and setting up for right hand pattern to 25L instead of the straight in approach I was cleared for to 25R originally by the tower I inadvertently lowered the flaps instead of the gear. The gear warning horn was operational but didn't come on due to the fact that the manifold pressure was above 15 inches, as I was coming in hot to provide separation between our single engine small aircraft and the twin engine small transport that was behind us. The tower was really busy and they didn't notice that our gear wasn't down till after we skidded to a stop. There was minimal damage to the airframe according to a mechanic and an adjuster. There were no injuries, no fire, and no equipment malfunctions.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA MADE WHEELS UP LNDG.
Narrative: WHILE INBOUND TO DEER VALLEY FROM HOLBROOK AZ I ENCOUNTERED SEVERAL HOT AIR BALLOON'S (10 OR MORE) THAT WERE BTWN OUR FLIGHT PATH AND THE ARPT. I TURNED NORTHWEST TO INSURE AMPLE SPACING AND WHILE WATCHING FOR BALLOONS, OTHER AIR TFC, CONTENDING WITH BRIGHT SUN LIGHT IN MY EYE'S, AND SETTING UP FOR R HAND PATTERN TO 25L INSTEAD OF THE STRAIGHT IN APCH I WAS CLRED FOR TO 25R ORIGINALLY BY THE TWR I INADVERTENTLY LOWERED THE FLAPS INSTEAD OF THE GEAR. THE GEAR WARNING HORN WAS OPERATIONAL BUT DIDN'T COME ON DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE MANIFOLD PRESSURE WAS ABOVE 15 INCHES, AS I WAS COMING IN HOT TO PROVIDE SEPARATION BTWN OUR SINGLE ENG SMA AND THE TWIN ENG SMT THAT WAS BEHIND US. THE TWR WAS REALLY BUSY AND THEY DIDN'T NOTICE THAT OUR GEAR WASN'T DOWN TILL AFTER WE SKIDDED TO A STOP. THERE WAS MINIMAL DAMAGE TO THE AIRFRAME ACCORDING TO A MECH AND AN ADJUSTER. THERE WERE NO INJURIES, NO FIRE, AND NO EQUIP MALFUNCTIONS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.