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(Boston Globe)   When attempting to land plane, remember this simple rule: First deploy landing gear, THEN land   ( divider line
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2005-08-25 10:18:39 AM  
Of course, using a checklist sorta helps avoid such ommissions.
2005-08-25 10:18:55 AM  
I would have loved to have seen their faces. "Gently now, feel the wheels touch... the wheels.... OH FARK"
2005-08-25 10:34:45 AM  
Been there. Done that.

2005-08-25 10:35:38 AM  
Would have been better with a "PSA" tag.
2005-08-25 10:42:44 AM  
Heh. Since no one was hurt, I guess it's okay for me to see the humour in this plane hurtling into the ground, then being popped several feet in the air as the landing gear deploys.
2005-08-25 10:44:18 AM  
Planes + Dumb People = America

(Joking, chill out)...
2005-08-25 10:44:40 AM  
I'm not going to follow your damn rules!
2005-08-25 10:45:05 AM  
You know what's annoying? In Battlefield 2, guys flying around in the F-22 with their landing gear down. Damn that looks stupid, stop it!

/end threadjack
2005-08-25 10:46:38 AM  
You know you've landed gear up when it takes full power to taxi.
2005-08-25 10:46:48 AM  
every time i start to regain a little respect for the average gen-av pilot, one stands out to remind me why PPLs should have more stringent requirements.
2005-08-25 10:48:10 AM  
Checklists, people, checklists.
2005-08-25 10:48:27 AM  
I'm still trying to figure out how this only resulted in minor damage.

My thinking is that this would FUBAR the propellers, damage the engines, then damage the wings & body.

And that's -minor- damage?
2005-08-25 10:49:53 AM  
As a CFI myself, I can not believe the stupidity. Yes your workload increases during single-engine landings, but you can't just forget the basics now, can you? The crew should have checked the landing gear being down at least twice during the final approach. Or is that just me?
2005-08-25 10:50:22 AM  
When attempting to land plane, remember this simple rule: First deploy landing gear, THEN land

So THAT'S what I've been doing wrong all these years!
2005-08-25 10:51:23 AM  
Dirty up that puppy & shoulda opted for the close ground warning option [helps you remember shiat when you're stupid]. Buzz.

/always use the wheels unless you're in a seaplane.
//any landing you can walk away from is good.
///being able to reuse the plane after landing is even better.
2005-08-25 10:51:51 AM  
"There are two types of pilots, those who've forgotten the gear down, and those who will"

/you know you're getting old when you automatically start repeating old saws
2005-08-25 10:52:00 AM  
Huh. Sounds like it was a pretty good landing to me.

(Walked away from it, didn't they?)
2005-08-25 10:54:15 AM  
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2005-08-25 10:54:23 AM  

Im sure the FAA with thank fark for all the excelent advice.
2005-08-25 10:55:30 AM  
Anybody can land a plane with the landing gear deployed.

Kudos to those who try diffrently.

This Bud's for you.
2005-08-25 10:57:11 AM  
Psychonaut: Of course, using a checklist sorta helps avoid such ommissions.

Bang-on correct. Having a checkist of "obvious" things to run through can save no end of trouble when you're juggling a half-dozen issues on landing.
2005-08-25 10:57:32 AM  
There are F22's in Battlefield 2? All I've seen on the US side are are F35's, F18's and F15's. Curious.
2005-08-25 11:03:00 AM  

1.20deg flaps
2.engine 60%
3.finish beer
4.tray table and seat back in the upright and locked position
5.oil pressure
6....6....hmmmm....I know there's something....
2005-08-25 11:03:04 AM  
taco flavored keeses

You're right they're F-35s! I'm an idiot. Still looks dumb though.
2005-08-25 11:05:57 AM  
My father's a GA pilot, he has a little mnemonic he runs through in the landing pattern, and he makes sure he consciously says every item aloud and touches the control for that item. Obsessive? Yes. Successful? Well, he's never landed gear-up.

Me, I took a few flight lessons. Did my first solo flight and never touched a yoke again. Lost interest.
2005-08-25 11:10:06 AM  


You did a

2005-08-25 11:12:16 AM  
Gear, Undercarriage, Mixture, Prop, Safety BIATCHES!!!1

GUMPS, say it and touch everything when you are about midfield on your downwind.

taco flavored keeses
Have you ever actually....flown a plane? EVERYTHING is a checklist.
2005-08-25 11:12:52 AM  
There goes a wing.

- You're doing fine

There goes the other one.

- Looking good, bring her in
2005-08-25 11:14:28 AM  

Hot shots, Charlie sheen (Topper Harley)'s landing at the end.
2005-08-25 11:16:19 AM  
My uncle's plane has fixed gear, so this is one less thing he has to worry about.


Look at it this way. If the terrorists kill the pilots, you will be able to save the day. That or at least enable there to be SOME survivors.

Is BF2 as buggy and slow as I have heard?? How does it rate against Desert Combat?
2005-08-25 11:17:58 AM  
Still laugh when I think of that scene.
2005-08-25 11:20:05 AM  
2005-08-25 11:20:11 AM  
I was flying with an instructor in a cessna with fixed gear, can't retract it. Just to keep the checklists consisten between all planes, you still call langing gear on the landing checklist. The instructor always called out,
"landing gear down and WELDED". LOL
2005-08-25 11:21:11 AM  
Was John Kennedy the pilot?
2005-08-25 11:21:30 AM  

2005-08-25 11:26:27 AM  
Gear, Undercarriage, Mixture, Prop

Well, you double checked the landing gear. What about the fuel selector? ;)
2005-08-25 11:27:26 AM  
And _that's_the_way_the_cookie_crumbles

Been there. Done that.


I usually just climb to max height and bail out.
2005-08-25 11:27:52 AM  
I can see delaying gear extension for a bit on a single-engine approach, but this is taking it a bit too far.
2005-08-25 11:28:53 AM  
Any Pie left

You know, I never understood why that was the case. I think I still have my old Cessna 172 (fixed gear) manual at home... wonder if that's in the official checklist or not.

Flying out of an Air Nat'l Guard base, we had to use expanded checklists to account for all of the extra stuff to avoid pissing off the military controllers. I thought it was funny that we had to call ground for engine start, just like the KC-135s, C-141s and KC-10s on base. The ground controllers couldn't always stifle laughter.
2005-08-25 11:31:10 AM  
There was a flight sim from about 15-20 years ago called Chuck Yeager's Test Pilot. I remember trying one of the experimental planes that wouldn't fly unless you used full flaps and had the landing gear down. Pretty funny, really.
2005-08-25 11:34:45 AM  

I think it's so you still check you have two main tires, they can sometimes fall off after takeoff, but you're too busy looking forward to check that when taking off, so ...
2005-08-25 11:35:25 AM  
Dude where's my plane?
2005-08-25 11:36:07 AM  
1. Never get involved in a land war in Aisa.
2. Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
3. Never trust a naked bus driver.
4. Never cross the streams. Nice safety tip. Thanks Egon.
5. Landing gear down before landing a plane.

Gotcha. Ok. I think I'll put a reminder note up now.
2005-08-25 11:37:10 AM  
Toiletduck TRUE!!!! on my plane it actually IS just
Gas Undercarriage Mixture Prop, because my plane (a cessna 150) is a fixed gear plane. If ya got retractables, it's gotta be Gear/Gas.
2005-08-25 11:37:11 AM  
Even the pros do this. I 'member eons ago reading about a C-5 Galaxy (huge cargo plane) landing with gear up out at a base in California. Crew was practicing landings/takeoffs and they got tired of hearing the landing gear warning horn going off so they pulled the circuit breaker for it. Failed to catch gear up handle during landing checklist. I'm sure they were flying desks from thereafter.
2005-08-25 11:38:04 AM  
An intern flight instructor and his teacher were practicing single-engine landing and forgot to lower the landing gear"


Ok, got to catch my breath....



/Never flown an airplane though I do have some time in 3-axis ultralights. Those fly just like airplanes, without the pesky details of bringing along radios, anticollision strobes, or a pilot's license.
2005-08-25 11:39:03 AM  
they fail at pilotwings
2005-08-25 11:42:56 AM  
G = Gas
U = Undercarriage = Gear

Better get it right. Gear double-checked won't help you if you run dry.
2005-08-25 11:43:16 AM  
I know this happens all the time but I don't see how. My Bonanza won't slow down enough to land without the gear extended. It needs that extra drag. If it's approching at high speed you're probably gonna know something ain't right.
2005-08-25 11:45:12 AM  
I read this story in a comic strip printed on actual paper in the back of Air Force magazine. The strip was called "There I Was...", and this particular story was about a military pilot who landed with his gear up.

He's sitting there cursing his luck, knowing that they're going to transfer him out.

Then he notices that, since he landed on an auxillary field with no tower or other traffic, that no-one has seen him yet. So he gets on the radio and tells the people that he's five miles from the main strip and almost out of fuel.

He spends the next 5 minutes with the alarmed tower crew giving his "position" and getting "directions" for an unpowered landing. At the last minute he tells them he can't make the main field and he's going to try the auxillary field.

Turns off the radio, turns it back on a minute later and says "I had to land with the wheels up, but I made it!"

So he got to keep on flying.
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