In the immediate aftermath of this event, the student owner-pilot and I were, of course, riddled with guilt, remorse and embarrassment. Within the hour, the student was on the phone, confessing to the FAA, unaware that that was not actually required after an uncomplicated gear-up event. As a result, two FAA officials appeared a few days later to conduct an investigation. I escaped with only the requirement to take a check ride with an aviation safety counselor, a ride for which I prepared a very detailed “explanation” of what happened (a longer version of this article). I was rather let off the hook since the owner-pilot had more total hours than I did, including much experience in his own airplane, and, more to the point, was flying with an inoperative gear warning. He had also performed maintenance on the airplane, for which he was not authorized, and also had various discrepancies in his flying and maintenance logs.