Originally Posted by Mel
When I built my -6 in the early '90s, I installed a gear switch, light, and horn. I used it religiously, just to keep in practice. I tied the light and horn to a micro switch on the flap handle. If I pulled one notch of flap with the gear switch "up", the light and horn would activate.
NEVER landed "gear-up" in over 25 years.
You were not the first. Cirrus now offers from the factory a gear switch on fixed gear SR22's (option I think). A pilot I flew with late 80's came from an airline with a mixed fleet of DHC-6 Twin Otter's and other planes with retractable gear... The Otter had a gear switch and check list to match. The Piper Arrow did one better; you got too slow the gear came out automatically. It was a pain doing commercial training as you had to hold the override to keep the gear from dropping.
CHECK LIST - I'm a BIG FAN of training, currency and STANDARD PROCEDURES.... Not against checklist of course, but do you need to be told T/O Push throttle forward and when going X speed pull back on stick? Hyperbole but you'll know what I mean. Keep the check list short and to critical items. Even Turbo Jets have RECALL (memory) items that you just do, even for Emergencies.