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XXX Flight: 2012-0620-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KMWK - KROA (flying time 3:51)
Flight Notes:
Off we go to Boston! We're on a crazy huge jaunt, and I get to fly the first leg and pick up some foggle time. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-06-20 13:36:59 to KMWK (Mount Airy / Surry County Airport) 2012-06-20 16:06:49 [02:30:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (PIC-legal) / Madi Thorburn-Gundlach (safety) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (safety) /
Leg Notes:
Alas, we forgot to pick up oil on the way out, so now we have to get it along the way. I'm almost certain we're going to need it after this leg, which leaves us with none on board.
We had a pretty nice ride up to a new airport; it's a not-too-short field, and the gas price is good :-) I got a solid block of foggle time, too; woo hoo. It was actually a lot of work; I kept finding myself turning right. Mostly it was just watching the puppy and not letting it wander, but it sure takes practice.
My approach wasn't great; I was way too high after crossing the field and right-circling back to enter downwind, so I just went around and did a normal pattern to a nice landing. Gaaah! Clearly I need to work on atypical approaches and get into the groove. But, all in all, a lovely start to our trip!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KMWK (Mount Airy / Surry County Airport) 2012-06-20 17:04:25 to KROA (Roanoke Regional Airport/Woodrum Field) 2012-06-20 18:25:23 [01:21:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (PIC-legal) / Madi Thorburn-Gundlach (safety) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (safety) /
Leg Notes:
Off on the next leg. This one quickly got interesting, though. Although the forecast for the entire eastern seaboard was 'scattered cirrus', we had some clouds on the way over, and at departure we found ourselves inside an oval or racetrack about 10 miles across. After a bunch of back-and-forth to try to climb out, we got to about 8000 feet and *still* couldn't find a good opening. Gaaah! That meant... It was time for Laura to open an IFR flight plan in the air; woo hoo! :-)
After confirming that we are both capable and qualified, off we went to Pulaski VOR, where we expected things would be clearer. They weren't, however, and so we got ourselves cleared on to Roanoke. Along the way, we went through lots of actual here and there, but I pretty much missed it all under foggles. Still, though, it was very cool :-) Meanwhile, we have to learn a bit more about how actual is calculated; when one flits in and out of clouds, does the between time count or only when you're truly inside the light bulb? Hmmm... I'll have to measure very conservatively for now. It's fun to note, too, that we mostly flew over highways; hey, it really is 'I Follow Roads'! ;-)
All was clear by the time we got to KROA, so we canceled and had a nice landing. Another end to another wonderful flight. Woo hoo!
Oh, and still no Lycoming 'plus' oil, even at this very kind and very equipped Landmark FBO. Wow.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)