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XXX Flight: 2013-0227-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KVPC - KJZP (flying time 1:0)
Flight Notes:
Penny is finally painted! She looks gorgeous; let's git 'er and then drop her at Garrett's for some brake work. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KVPC (Cartersville Airport) 2013-02-27 22:48:47 to KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2013-02-27 23:48:02 [01:00:00] with 6 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) /
Leg Notes:
First, I flew out of KVPC and up to KJZP. After climbing out to feel out the ceiling plus just for fun (cold weather + solo = 1000fpm!), it was time to head northeast. I had a lovely VFR flight around hills and past antennas and along roads; it was supremely delightful and great to be back in the air. After the gorgeous sightseeing, it was time to find Pickens; I almost overshot, thinking that it was on the far side of the next ridge, but then it jumped out at me and I was right in place for a downwind entry.
I had a moderate but distinct crosswind, which was perfect; I flew left seat this time just because I'm so rusty. The practice was great; I got to practice crabbing and slipping, I had a great hole on final that tried to get me every time, and I got to really work on my downwind positioning between the crosswind push and the quick climb. Landings were great; the first I took gently and used up lots of runway, but the second was a perfect touch-n-go. Another long run for a pattern arrival, and then more touch-n-go fun.
I played around high up trying to pick up Laura on the radio a few times, which then let me have some fun. I threw myself an engine-out landing which would have been acceptable in a real situation but was just a little too close to edge lights; not bad for lack of practice. Then, after one more radio check and for my last landing, I enjoyed a two-turn steep descent to drop down onto final. Woo hoo!
I got a cheap dose of humility when all was finishing up, though; I somehow completely forgot to put the cap back on the left tank, so after startup and as I started to taxi for parking I heard this clattering overhead and had to stop, shut down, and find it on the ground by cell phone light. Ah, well...
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)