Some say that there are two kinds of retractable gear
pilots: those who have landed gear up and those who will.
To start, the policy requires all pilots to have a total time of 125 hours with 25 hours of retractable gear time or 10 hours in make and model and a checkout flight after passing a written aircraft checkout quiz.
The Arrow is often regarded as a basic Cherokee, except with retractable gear and variable pitch propeller, but it's also heavier and has more power than lesser models in the PA28 family.
It took me a little longer, as it has a constant speed prop and retractable gear
. Compared to the Cessna, it's hard to land--with a prop clearance so minimal that landing mistakes can easily lead to a prop strike.
* Failure to lower landing gear in retractable gear
Get a signed statement from the CFI you'd like to use listing his/her experience, time in similarly-configured airplanes (for example, retractable gear or tailwheel) and especially in airplanes as similar as possible to yours.
Your agent/broker should forward your request to the insurance underwriters and, if they agree that a fully qualified instructor is not available to you, they may revise the policy to require an instructor "meeting the requirements of this policy OR (instructor name), a CFI having XX total hours including XX hours in retractable gear airplanes and XX hours in 1940s Beech Bonanzas...." Now you can fly your transition plan with your selected instructor.
In my opinion it's best to avoid touch-and-goes in all retractable gear aircraft.
Most retractable gear airplanes now flying have been in service for decades, likely far longer than their designers envisioned.
* Gear-up landing: Retractable gear is not extended before touch touch-down.
Just like the arguments over which is the better alternative between high-wing or low-wing, or choosing between tricycle gear and a taildragger, there's no simple answer to the question of when you should raise the gear after takeoff in a retractable gear
airplane, or when you should lower it again for landing.
fitted as standard equipment will allow the aircraft to land on water, on any hard runway, retractable skis will be offered as an option to enable future EVADA pilot to land on the snow.