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XXX Flight: 2012-0325-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KCNI - KJZP - KCNI (flying time 1:23)
Flight Notes:
It's Daddy/daughter time, and we get to go flying. Yay! By the time we got there it turned out to be a night flight, too, which was awesome. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-03-25 23:50:04 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-03-26 00:04:28 [00:14:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
First, as always, was a simple pattern in the field to make sure everything is good to go. We got off just a few minutes before sunset; so much for sightseeing :-/ but everything was, of course, wonderfully smooth. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-03-26 00:04:38 to KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2012-03-26 00:46:52 [00:42:00] with 0 day and 1 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
Rang up flight following for the trip, and they were happy to keep an eye on us while we were between CNI & JZP and 3000 & 4000 feet. Perfect! He even got to advise us of traffic once (so we turned right to WSW to avoid).
Quin got to do almost all of the radio work, too, which of course she loved. Cherokee was no big deal by now, but Atlanta Center was a new adventure! She called 'em up perfectly, though, and responded smoothly after some prompting, and the controller seemed to enjoy it as well. I rarely had to step in and clarify anything.
Now that Quin is tall enough to reach the pedals, we got to work on coordination for a bit; woo hoo! I found that she could usually manage any two of heading or turn rate, ball, and altitude :-) She got the hang of coordinated turns after shadowing me on the pedals and focusing on the ball for a bit, and then we tried standard-rate turns and staying coordinated. Since it was night and there wasn't much horizon, it was easy enough for her to stay focused on the gauges :-) and so, after learning how to adjust for being in the right seat, off she went. Eventually her feet, having to stretch, got tired :-)
Then we worked on rolling out on a heading based on the DG. Since everything was at standard rate (or was supposed to be!), the timing was consistent and she got pretty good. Of course, HOLDING a heading was another challenge entirely ;-)
After settling into turns, it was time to work on altitude, aka not flying with a death grip. She was at first flying with two hands; I got her down to one but she stuck with the left instead of using the right. Once she had a lighter touch, I was mostly able to fly by trim, and we even worked on how to have a light touch. She got it, I think, but never really relaxed; she definitely held on pretty solidly the whole time.
After doodling around for a while, it was time to try a landing, so together we found Pickens and headed over. She got to see how the COM1/COM2 switch works, now that we have copilot PTT, as she poked up the lights while I stayed with ATC; fun.
Landing at KJZP was uneventful -- which is always nice.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2012-03-26 00:47:30 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-03-26 01:14:24 [00:27:00] with 0 day and 2 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
Off we went from KJZP -- and finally toward a night-current landing; woo hoo. We met up with ATC again and had their watchful eye over us as we made our way down to CCNI. Quin once again ran lights as I stayed on freq. We swung past and over Canton and then eastward to look over at the lake, but it was late and time to head back, so we doodled a lazy 360 to descend and headed in.
My first landing on this leg was nice; I was a little high, but as planned, and everything went smoothly. We even stopped early enough for an intersection departure for one more lap.
The second one, though, wasn't as good -- which is funny, since we were in the pattern and everything is very straightforward. I was both faster and higher than planned, so I floated my way down and then had to wrestle with flare to not have the sudden drop at the end. All in all, it still went very nicely, but Penny the Hot Rod managed to get in front of me a bit. Urgh. It was still a lovely finish to a lovely evening, though!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)