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XXX Flight: 2012-0724-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KCNI - KCNI - KRYY (flying time 1:44)
Flight Notes:
I get to take a few trips around the pattern with Dad to get current again and then pop over to KRYY for altitude work. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)
Non-pilot/qualified observations/criticisms:
Forgot to announce downwind on 3rd or so landing.
First landing bounced, almost twice. Subsequent landings improved each time and the last two were squeaker/greasers.
Great views and fun playing tag with some clouds toward the end. Paul's going to be in great hands. [All the more so since Laura will be pilot :-DTG]
  
(Skip Gundlach)

(189)
From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-07-24 14:29:10 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-07-24 14:58:35 [00:29:00] with 3 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Skip Gundlach (navigator) /
Leg Notes:
A light crosswind gave me some good practice; yay. The first takeoff, if I say so myself, was very nice, with good runway alignment. The pattern went well, and the setup to final was OK, although I got pushed a bit past the runway again. The landing was pretty good, too, although I'm definitely out of practice. Along the way, I had to wrestle with my feet and get the ball straightened out; arrrgh!
Off we went for number two; another nice takeoff, and another good pattern, but definitely a bounce on the landing. Urgh. Not bad, but most certainly not what I'd like!
So one more time, then... This time I went for a soft-field takeoff for fun. I was rather happy with it, actually, getting into ground effect very smoothly and then climbing effectively. Hey, cool! Getting a bit better at this again :-) And the landing was *very* nice, drawing a 'woo hoo!' from Dad. Yippee!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


(190)
From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-07-24 14:58:47 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-07-24 15:37:53 [00:39:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Skip Gundlach (navigator) /
Leg Notes:
I really wanted to get a call back from Doug to see if they can fit us in, but nothing yet. Let's at least go, then, and see what KRYY tower can see.
This one was a short-field takeoff, which also went well; I was up and off in mebbe 2500 feet. From there it was a solid climb to get some good altitude by the time I got to KRYY, flirting about with some clouds along the way. The Garmin consistently read a few hundred feet higher than the altimeter, so at least at 5k & 6k feet we're in the error zone. We got a couple of KRYY altitude reports within ones of feet of the GPS, but way over the altimeter reading. Dang :-( In addition, with ALT off the tower showed no indication at all, which is a bummer 'cuz it didn't give an independent transponder encoder verification, but I'm convinced.
I started back by heading toward a hole in the clouds and DJD, thinking that I'd show Dad the approach, but instead we decided to stay above the clouds and see some more pretty :-) We actually had to stay up all the way over to KCNI, though, so I swung out to the northwest for descent and then just set up on a 3nm final. What a gorgeous ride!
The landing was another really nice one; hallelujah! This one was particularly fun because we came in on 23, which now put the crosswind from the right instead of left, and it took me a moment to change from what I'd just practiced three times to what I was actually feeling :-) When I did, though, all smoothed out and I had another awesome (at least for this level of practice) landing. I rolled it all the way out to the bottom to then turn off to the terminal and meet up with Laura & Leegee. That wasn't fast taxiing, though, so I'm OK ;-)
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


(191)
From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-07-24 15:46:41 to KRYY (McCollum Field) 2012-07-24 16:22:47 [00:36:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Skip Gundlach (navigator) /
Leg Notes:
Surprise! Doug can squeeze us in, so off we go again to deliver to KRYY. Let's hurry!
The clouds continued to close in, reporting only 3300 or so near KCNI, so I had to climb over for enough room to fly *and* start by heading nearly 10nm east. By the time I was to KRYY, although their ATIS also reported 3500-ish, there was actually room below, so I sure felt silly at 7k feet or so, but I'd definitely rather be too high than too low :-) We checked in with the tower and were told to set up for a 3nm right base -- but when we were 4nm away we were still way up! So I found a hole, pulled a 270 to drop at about 2kft/min and the top of the green, and was perfectly on my base leg; woo hoo, thank you very much! From there, the final went nicely even in the rough air over the mall and the landing was another greaser. I can't wait to get some instructor time and *really* work out, but apparently I still know basically how to fly.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)