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NTSB 830, which defines reportable accidents and incidents, has specific language that precludes the requirement to report typical gear-up landing damage because it doesn't meet the threshold of "substantial damage."
If, on the other hand, a passenger or crew member was injured in the gear-up, rare as that is, or the airplane slides off the runway and takes out the glideslope shack, an NTSB filing is required.
We looked at NTSB-listed gear-up landings that occurred between 2005 and 2015.
Our review of the data shows that 44 percent of gear-up landings come as a complete surprise to the pilot, while 35 percent are what we might term unavoidable.
One reason gear-up landings are so common, in my opinion, is that pilots do not take the time during a retractable-gear checkout to ingrain a new habit pattern for landing, one that is different from that used in fixed-gear airplanes.
Using the landing gear to initiate descent from pattern altitude achieves the performance requirement while helping you prevent a gear-up landing.
Clearly, the mishap record shows the traditional "three times around the patch" RG checkout is not sufficient to avoid gear-up landings.
I've found there are several common contributing factors in gear-up landings:
In the world of gear-up landings, the prop shop's overhaul price is largely irrelevant except for this calculation.
Engine damage not related to the gear-up that's discovered in the course of a teardown inspection is also the owner's burden.
Another item to run up the cost of a gear-up is the loss of resale value due to damage history in your logbook.
But regardless, an airplane that has suffered a gear-up landing will bring a lower price than a similar serial number that has not, so sooner or later, that cost will become real.