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Flight: LTG-2012-1006-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KGVL - KRYY (flying time 0:30)
Time for some Laura foggle work on the way to KRYY
From KGVL (Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport) 2012-10-06 18:03:10 to KRYY (McCollum Field) 2012-10-06 18:50:40 [00:30:00] with 0 day and 0 night landings.
Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / David Thorburn-Gundlach (PIC-legal) / Madi Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
The first thing we learned, although not established until the post-mortem days later, is that we need a positive 'yours-mine-yours' for even something like radios. I was *sure* that I was supposed to run the radios as we were heading out, but it turns out that Laura wasn't!
We had one guy working the ILS 05 approach, and I (already on the radio, you'll note) confirmed that we would be clear of him and he was happy to let us depart on 29 in front of him. As we were just spooling up, too, there was another fellow coming in from the lake and about 6 miles out, so I kept an ear out for him as we went. After crossing 05/23 and on the way to crosswind altitude but planning for a straight-out departure, I lit up the CTAF to ask where the Cardinal was -- just as Laura saw him coming at us, at the same altitude and apparently on a collision course. It appears that both mics don't work at the same time, because her frantic calls to him were quiet in her ears, and she all but had to backhand me to get me to hear her and release the button so that she could announce her diverting to her right to avoid a collision. True to Gainesville form, we never heard further from him even after asking if he saw us, and he continued straight in without a twitch. Not the best adventure :-(
After that, we were off to ATC along with the plane formerly doing the approach, so we jumped right on the freq with him to not lose track since he was right behind us (and headed to PDK, it turns out, so we were diverging from the get-go). I got us flight following and set up for the KRYY ILS 27 approach and ensured that we were separated from our pal as the foggles went on, and from there it was business as usual.
I noted that Laura had challenges with altitude (and, just a little, heading) on this somewhat blustery day with 4 instead of 2 in the plane; that's very interesting and something to note for later. ATC needed to throw in a delay and, since he couldn't have us hold over a GPS fix as he originally intended, told us to make a right 360 by giving us 90-degree increments. Now, what I need to figure out is whether I needed to tell him each time we had established our heading or to have just flown ahead, because I sure seemed chatty -- but it was only after every time I finally called in that he immediately told us to go for another quarter-turn. Hmmm...
Then we were handed off to KRYY tower for the approach, and I may have blown it again. Things were very busy and she told me to check in as we crossed AKONE, and then went back to dealing with 3 or 4 other planes closer in. I listened for traffic for two solid minutes before finally hearing a break as we were approaching and decided to jump in with '12556 10 seconds to AKONE' while I had the chance. I thought I heard her chuckle :-) as she confirmed that we wanted a full stop and then cleared us for landing, but Laura was none too impressed :-( In discussion later, though, she understood my reasoning -- but I still don't know whether it's better to announce early or late when things are busy. Another thing to ask...
After that, my work was pretty much done, and Laura made a typical wonderful landing and followed directions over to Superior. And, then, it was time to eat! :-)