Not unusual you say? He did it in his fixed-gear Piper Dakota using a landing gear simulator developed by Gregg Stockman. The training and endorsement were made possible by the simulator and an exemption to FAR 61.31(e) that Stockman recently received from the FAA.
By using a Piper Arrow checklist, Clark learned all the operations associated with a retractable gear airplane, including successfully resolving nine different gear malfunctions presented by the gear simulator. This involved recycling circuit breakers, replacing landing gear indictor bulbs, and executing an emergency gear extension procedure.
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