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    Default WHAT THE HECK? Maule boo-boo

    Talk about an odd FAA report.

    IDENTIFICATION
    Date: 11-JUN-19
    Time: 19:15:00Z
    Regis#: N61339
    Aircraft Make: MAULE
    Aircraft Model: MX7
    Event Type: INCIDENT
    Highest Injury: NONE
    Aircraft Missing: No
    Damage: UNKNOWN
    LOCATION
    City: SOLDOTNA
    State: ALASKA
    Country: UNITED STATES
    DESCRIPTION
    Description: AIRCRAFT ATTEMPTED WATER LANDING WITHOUT FLOATS, SOLDOTNA, AK.
    INJURY DATA
    Total Fatal: 0
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    Wow! Well I hope there is more to the story than that.
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    Watching too many waterskiing YouTube’s?

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    that'd be my guess too!

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    Maybe it just seemed like a good idea at the time.
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    When you fly multiple configurations, it can happen. The most obvious risk case is with configurable landing gear like an amphib, where the plane could be either. But regardless of whether you have gear like that, it is good as part of the pre-landing checklist to verbally check your gear and affirm your landing surface and that the two are compatible.

    My wheels-only friends get a kick out of me announcing during the pre-landing checklist, "Gear is wheels, I have a wheel out my window, brakes are not applied, so we will be landing on land, in this case that runway..."

    But I know what it feels like to be fatigued, distracted, etc. I like to make sure I give myself and my passengers every opportunity to make sure I get it right. So I do.
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    Well this is embarrassing. And wet.
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    No one hurt , that makes this flat funny.

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    I was moving an Aeronca Sedan from the Mackey Lake airstrip over to the Kenai airport that day; I heard the Maule call in, so I sat idling in the parking area until he landed. He overflew across the strip, then announced that he was landing to the south (the airstrip I was on runs east/west). I thought that maybe there was another strip near the lake that I was unaware of.

    I waited for a bit to make sure that no plane was approaching the strip I was on, and then departed. I don't recall looking back towards the lake.

    I suppose that I could have called on the radio to confirm where he was landing, since I was sitting there waiting for him to approach. I am happy to hear that no one was injured, but maybe a question to the pilot would have jogged his brain.

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    If I ever pull a boner like that please have a good laugh on me, I promise not to get mad!

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