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Flight: 2013-0509-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KJZP - KJZP (flying time 0:21)
Took a test flight with Garrett. He was happy to go up, but since he's out of medical at the moment I had to fly it anyway :-)
From KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2013-05-09 23:07:28 to KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2013-05-09 23:26:51 [00:21:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Garrett Cobb (passenger) /
We took a nice long taxi ride up the hill to get things warmed up and checked out, and the runup went smoothly. Then off we went, and she fairly jumped into the air. Go, Penny!
Just as we turned xwind, we heard someone come in for downwind -- on 16 instead of the 34 we were using! Ah, well; no worries. I climbed a bit higher and cut across the field to give it to him as I went to give her some exercise. I got her all trimmed out while heading east and then took a nice, long leg north to feel her balance; I think the right wing is still a bit heavy, but since they didn't know quite how much Garrett didn't haul in lots of adjustment, so that's quite possible. Everything else was a dream, and Garrett even commented multiple times on how smoothly she ran and once that she sounded like there was an electric motor up front :-)
Our friend, meanwhile, was working the pattern, so I swung my (quite extended) base leg long enough to give him plenty of room and then came back around to centerline -- but Garrett couldn't find him where he was supposed to be, so I broke off and pirouetted to the right to give him time for his touch-n-go and departure (back to KCNI, in fact, where I would be following him shortly).
I was still a little high on my approach after having been doodling around the area, and a little faster than pattern as well. Garrett seemed, as I was settling in on final, very doubtful that I could make it, but once I had the alignment right I just pulled back on the speed handle and the altitude knob, put on the brakes, and then settled down for a very nice landing. Woo hoo! :-)