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Old 10-13-2008, 03:17 PM
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Default Gear up in troy MI

Well, another Cozy had a gear up landing. The report i have heard is that he forgot to put gear down AND the wihelmson black box failed to extend the gear.

The repair is done, new ground away strut, aluminum pivot cover plate and a new 1/2 hockey puck.

Neverquit suggested the use of an aluminum skid plate and the response was that he will never do another one. MAYBE a good point except for the fact that a nose up landing is the acceptable method of stopping under emergency conditions, just like rich did last week at RR when he lost his brakes, near zero damage, except a scratched aluminum plate and a bruised ego.
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:27 PM
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Default Re: Gear up in troy MI

I spoke to pilot they day before the gear up and he mentioned to me that the auto-extend box was already removed and had been sent in for repair.

I also mentioned the use of a larger alternative polypropelene (I could be wrong here, but the cutting board stuff), but the plane was to be used in a couple of days for a trip to Key West.
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:07 PM
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Default Re: Gear up in troy MI

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Neverquit suggested the use of an aluminum skid plate and the response was that he will never do another one.
Mis-quote! The response was "it is a good idea but the aluminum slides when the plane is in grazing position". Something "grippy" is a better idea for the plane when parked but keeping it attached is the problem with the hockey puck. Although complex, I like Wayne Hicks setup with aluminum then UHMD plastic. When scraped, easy to replace.
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