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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : lal|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 0|
msl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 18000
flight time type : 1800
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Conventional tailwheel aircraft. Landing accomplished crossing threshold with engine at idle. Full stall 3 point landing with plane's path straight down the runway. After aircraft was slowing to taxi speed on landing roll, gently applied toe brakes. Brake locked and would not release when the pressure removed and following heels on floor precaution. Tail came up from 3 point position and aircraft alighted on its back. Ignition, master and fuel immediately shut off. No injuries because of shoulder harness that had been added to this old aircraft. Pilot's inspection afterwards indicated that one of the brakes was not moving freely and used long screwdriver to pry free. Also noted considerable contamination on brake assembly pins and shaft that pin rides in. Aircraft is infrequently flown and tied down inside. Recommend regular disassembly inspection and cleaning to assure free and smooth movement. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: reporter states original brake component would not have allowed this to occur. It is a straight cylinder action. Conversion on this old aircraft is approved and came with the aircraft. It is used on many older aircraft. It does, however, have a pin which can become stuck and create locking of the brake. It is easier to work on and to change liners. Reporter does not condemn brake, but notes that it requires more attention. Filed report with NTSB within proper time frame and with graphics sent to ASRS. Reporter concerned because he feels he may have overstepped the limits of maintenance he is allowed to do west/O a&P license.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: BRAKE LOCKED ON LNDG, ACFT NOSE OVER.
Narrative: CONVENTIONAL TAILWHEEL ACFT. LNDG ACCOMPLISHED XING THRESHOLD WITH ENG AT IDLE. FULL STALL 3 POINT LNDG WITH PLANE'S PATH STRAIGHT DOWN THE RWY. AFTER ACFT WAS SLOWING TO TAXI SPD ON LNDG ROLL, GENTLY APPLIED TOE BRAKES. BRAKE LOCKED AND WOULD NOT RELEASE WHEN THE PRESSURE REMOVED AND FOLLOWING HEELS ON FLOOR PRECAUTION. TAIL CAME UP FROM 3 POINT POS AND ACFT ALIGHTED ON ITS BACK. IGNITION, MASTER AND FUEL IMMEDIATELY SHUT OFF. NO INJURIES BECAUSE OF SHOULDER HARNESS THAT HAD BEEN ADDED TO THIS OLD ACFT. PLT'S INSPECTION AFTERWARDS INDICATED THAT ONE OF THE BRAKES WAS NOT MOVING FREELY AND USED LONG SCREWDRIVER TO PRY FREE. ALSO NOTED CONSIDERABLE CONTAMINATION ON BRAKE ASSEMBLY PINS AND SHAFT THAT PIN RIDES IN. ACFT IS INFREQUENTLY FLOWN AND TIED DOWN INSIDE. RECOMMEND REGULAR DISASSEMBLY INSPECTION AND CLEANING TO ASSURE FREE AND SMOOTH MOVEMENT. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: RPTR STATES ORIGINAL BRAKE COMPONENT WOULD NOT HAVE ALLOWED THIS TO OCCUR. IT IS A STRAIGHT CYLINDER ACTION. CONVERSION ON THIS OLD ACFT IS APPROVED AND CAME WITH THE ACFT. IT IS USED ON MANY OLDER ACFT. IT DOES, HOWEVER, HAVE A PIN WHICH CAN BECOME STUCK AND CREATE LOCKING OF THE BRAKE. IT IS EASIER TO WORK ON AND TO CHANGE LINERS. RPTR DOES NOT CONDEMN BRAKE, BUT NOTES THAT IT REQUIRES MORE ATTN. FILED RPT WITH NTSB WITHIN PROPER TIME FRAME AND WITH GRAPHICS SENT TO ASRS. RPTR CONCERNED BECAUSE HE FEELS HE MAY HAVE OVERSTEPPED THE LIMITS OF MAINT HE IS ALLOWED TO DO W/O A&P LICENSE.
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.