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Flight: 2012-1006-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KGVL (flying time 0:22)
Off we go to pick up Madi on the way to the Superior Flight School annual turkey fry!
From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-10-06 17:24:04 to KGVL (Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport) 2012-10-06 17:46:11 [00:22:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Our lovely and simple flight to Gainesville went smoothly and quickly. The winds were moderate out of 300, so runway 29 was the initial plan, especially since we had someone departing from there. Along the way my copilot discussed with me landing on the longer 23, but in the end I stuck with 29, swinging wide of and staying above the 23 departure zone -- which makes for something of an odd approach track :-)
The flight was great, the approach was smooth, the landing was soft, and (best of all) the neighborhood was quiet. How could anything go wrong, right? Well, I almost blew it hugely... When taxiing to the tie-downs on the north side of the FBO, I got myself lined up for a [tail-to-the-fence] spot and then started my turn while watching for ropes to not suck anything into the prop wash -- and completely forgot about the fence! Sure, I could say that these spots were closer to the fence than to which I was accustomed and there was no way to turn and roll into position, but I SHOULD HAVE SEEN THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE! Wow. I don't think it's possible to come any closer to pranging the plane without actually doing so. GAAAAAH!
It's the little things that make you look the most stupid, I guess, 'cuz they're not enough to kill you and be impressive. Ugh.
Anyway, after a solid stomp on the brakes, a quick shutdown, and a humbling push backward (and then back and forth with Quin on rudder to turn me), all was well and ready to go with no harm done ... and another lesson learned. At least the tuition was cheap!