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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : myf|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 1200
|Controlling Facilities||tower : myf|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
ground : preflight
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 115|
flight time total : 6650
flight time type : 200
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
After takeoff the gear in my small aircraft did not indicate up (no amber light). I requested a downwind turn with montgomery tower and advised them that my gear did not indicate up. Tower clrd me for a left downwind turn for 28L and mentioned that a door/item came loose from my aircraft on takeoff. On lowering the gear handle, the gear indicated down and a normal landing was accomplished. During taxi to my hangar, ground control notified me that a tow-bar was attached to my nose gear. A post-flight revealed no damage to my aircraft. Prior to this flight, I did some exterior cleaning of the aircraft and accomplished the preflight in my t-hangar. After pulling the aircraft out of the hangar, I became concerned about my 2 passenger being properly strapped in and had forgotten about removing the tow-bar. One passenger was my son, age 13, and the other a neighbor's daughter, age 16, which was her first flight in a light plane. In the future to prevent this occurrence, I will accomplish the preflight after the aircraft is in its final spot for taxi and takeoff.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA MADE TKOF WITH TOW BAR STILL ATTACHED. PLT DISCOVERED PROBLEM WHEN GEAR WOULD NOT RETRACT.
Narrative: AFTER TKOF THE GEAR IN MY SMA DID NOT INDICATE UP (NO AMBER LIGHT). I REQUESTED A DOWNWIND TURN WITH MONTGOMERY TWR AND ADVISED THEM THAT MY GEAR DID NOT INDICATE UP. TWR CLRD ME FOR A LEFT DOWNWIND TURN FOR 28L AND MENTIONED THAT A DOOR/ITEM CAME LOOSE FROM MY ACFT ON TKOF. ON LOWERING THE GEAR HANDLE, THE GEAR INDICATED DOWN AND A NORMAL LNDG WAS ACCOMPLISHED. DURING TAXI TO MY HANGAR, GND CTL NOTIFIED ME THAT A TOW-BAR WAS ATTACHED TO MY NOSE GEAR. A POST-FLT REVEALED NO DAMAGE TO MY ACFT. PRIOR TO THIS FLT, I DID SOME EXTERIOR CLEANING OF THE ACFT AND ACCOMPLISHED THE PREFLT IN MY T-HANGAR. AFTER PULLING THE ACFT OUT OF THE HANGAR, I BECAME CONCERNED ABOUT MY 2 PAX BEING PROPERLY STRAPPED IN AND HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT REMOVING THE TOW-BAR. ONE PAX WAS MY SON, AGE 13, AND THE OTHER A NEIGHBOR'S DAUGHTER, AGE 16, WHICH WAS HER FIRST FLT IN A LIGHT PLANE. IN THE FUTURE TO PREVENT THIS OCCURRENCE, I WILL ACCOMPLISH THE PREFLT AFTER THE ACFT IS IN ITS FINAL SPOT FOR TAXI AND TKOF.
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.