TO: ALL AVIATION CENTER PERSONNEL
FROM: AVIATION CENTER MANAGEMENT
DATE: JUNE 28, 2017
RE: PIPER ARROW / SEMINOLE TOUCH-AND-GO PROCEDURE Revision 1
This revision supersedes FIF “Touch and Go Ops” posted June 2, 2017, which is hereby rescinded.
Our current Aircraft Standardization Manual (Revision 02) for retractable gear aircraft (Arrow, Seminole) requires the landing gear to be raised and lowered with each takeoff and landing.
Pilots-in Command (PIC) flying Farmingdale State College aircraft with retractable landing gear will now have the option to leave the landing gear in the down position while conducting touch-and-go operations to avoid an inadvertent gear up landing. This may provide an additional safety margin, especially while training locally, due to the high potential for distraction at our very busy and ATCcommunications-intensive airports (e.g. KFRG, KISP, etc.).
As always, all required checklists, and Aircraft Standardization Manual (ASM) and/or Flight Operations Manual (FOM) procedures and call outs MUST be completed for each takeoff and landing, and the gear must be confirmed down by BOTH pilots prior to any landing (touch-and-go, full stop, taxi back etc. ) regardless of actual gear position.
As a reminder and, as always, the pilot in command (PIC) will be responsible and accountable for all decisions, including aircraft configuration in the touch and go pattern, and for all decisions related to the conduct of the flight with safe completion as the primary outcome.