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Newbie question for gear up handle position
« on: August 22, 2021, 10:54:53 am »
In the POH for my 520, once the gear is raised, it says to place the gear handle in the neutral position in order to take the landing gear out of the hydraulic system so that if the lone hydraulic pump should go out or the left engine fail, the gear will stay up. I wasn’t taught this during my initial training.

Oh and the standpipe within the hydraulic reservoir allowing some reserve hydraulic fluid for brake function on landing- if a leak should wring out what’s circulating in the system as a whole… these are elegant and simple solutions for different possible failure modes…

Is this common knowledge for these two items and is the neutral gear handle position usage SOP?

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Thanks much
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Re: Newbie question for gear up handle position
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2021, 12:04:19 am »
I never did that because it requires a perfectly tight and nitro'd accumulator. If you don't have that, the gear will droop in flight. There are no uplocks.
Slumming it in the turboprop world - so you don't have to.