Southwestern Oklahoma State University
SWOSU Research Fair
City and State
Nov 21, 2019
Airplanes that are equipped with retractable landing gear are typically more desirable by pilots because of the benefits that come from this. There are also cons to having retractable landing gear, and having to remember to retract or extend the gear is one example. A switch on the dashboard must be flipped in order to activate the gear at the right time. In the incident that an airplane lands without the landing gear down, this is referred to as a “Gear up landing”. Gear up landings are usually caused from pilot error, which in many cases means that the pilot simply forgot to lower the gear before landing. With this automatic landing gear system, the stress of remembering to retract or extend the landing gear will be one less thing to worry about.
Battles, Daniel and Albrightson, Cindi, "Automatic Landing Gear" (2019). Student Research. 4.