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Flight: 2012-0421-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KGVL - KCNI (flying time 1:17)
Quin is spending the nite at Yazoo's, so ... what better way to take her there than by airplane? :-) Let's have some Daddy-daughter time, let her fly, and even have a destination in mind.
From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-04-21 20:41:18 to KGVL (Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport) 2012-04-21 21:31:02 [00:50:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
After a longer -- thanks to distraction, but double-checked to ensure thoroughness -- preflight than usual, we're off! It was a nice stable day, which made for a smooth ride -- but haze. Quin did the takeoff (and did all of the radio work for CNI, ATL ATC, and GVL, by the way) and then tried some flying, but was wrestling since she was out of practice. We need to fix that!
We started out at 3500, but to ensure better radar coverage as we maneuvered I climbed to 4500 near the lake. Then, just when it was time for Quin to take the yoke again, she wondered if we could find our jumping-off rocks (which were during the drought *really* high above the water), so it changed into a hunting flight. Fun! After we successfully made that target, we tried for Yazoo's house, and she got that, too. What a great spotter!
The flight back to KGVL and into the pattern was uneventful, but there was a fun moment. When we were just about to join downwind, a twin called in from 8nm out. When we were halfway down the leg, he called from only *four* miles out! He asked if we were in the pattern and I said our intention of a full stop and noted that he must really be moving. He acknowledged that he was, but said that he was slowing down and would stay out of our way. I dunno how long he may have had to circle :-) but, sure enough, he was landing as we were parking at the FBO, so not exactly on our heels. It was a twin turboprop that, yes, looked fast :-)
I have to say, though, that I am *way* happy with the landing; it was one of the best I've done in a very long time. I set up a little high because of the smokestack just off the end of the runway ("What smokestack, Daddy?" "That one RIGHT there" as I point on final) and then settled in for a smooth approach, and I have to say that you could barely feel the mains settle in. Woo hoo! Definitely not the kind of landing for a blustery day, but it was nice to also not get three landings on the same approach.
From KGVL (Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport) 2012-04-21 21:59:59 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-04-21 22:26:13 [00:27:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) /
After a drop and a chat and a few minutes, it was time for me to head back. Oh, how I wanted to go to another airport and make it three for the day, but we also had plans for date night, so I went straight back to CNI. I did take a quick sightseeing detour around a pretty substantial estate; the very large house had a sizeable pool in the back -- with a whole 'nother house on the other end! Wow.
We've found that COM2 seems to step on COM1, so it's been challenging to call Flight Services (on COM2) while hooked up to ATC (on COM1). It works just fine the other way, though, so I've been practicing putting the important stuff on COM2 and the casual stuff on COM1. For this trip, I had both airports plus weather on COM1 and ATC on COM2, so we were able to monitor the local traffic and advise our presence even as we were under flight following. Nice! It worked well on the way home, too, and I was able to call my position based on landmarks while still enjoying radar coverage.
Since nobody was around, I just set up for a long left base and made about a three-mile final. That all went well, too, including over the expected potholes, but the landing was not as smooth as on the other side of the lake; I settled in nicely, flared, and then ... dropped the last foot or so for a solid *plop*. Still only one :-) but back to gee-I-need-practice mode. Darn!