Low and Slow
I was returning from my weekly commute to our other campus. The Archer is in for its annual, so I was in the Cherokee Six, hauling around five empty seats.
Now I'm coming home, tired from teaching and the 5 miles of walking to and from campus, headed directly into the Sun. I enter on downwind and reach down to the flap lever. It doesn't feel right. The flaps are going down but not staying down.
I start to fuss with the button, to see if they'll stay down if I pull a little to the left, or if I pull a little to the right, thinking that they had worked on departure...and all the time I'm descending.
"OK, you're low, quit fooling around, diagnose the problem on the ground." I said this out loud.
I did a no-flap landing (adding 10 to Vref, just a guess, no way to compute it while flying that low).
After I landed I got the button unstuck.
No accident today.
And this is one of the few times I can remember when the freight dog excuse "But it was working when I took off!" has actually been true.