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XXX Flight: 2013-0525-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KCNI - KLZU - KGVL - KGVL - KJZP - KCNI (flying time 2:27)
Flight Notes:
I'll be flying to St Simon's soon, so it's time to get in a good practice session. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2013-05-25 21:42:03 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2013-05-25 21:58:20 [00:16:00] with 2 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
We started off with basic pattern work at Cherokee. It's hard to believe it's been two weeks since I've flown, but I could sure feel it; I bounced a little on my first landing and had a nice second although I wrestled on final more than I should have had to. It's all about planning and executing, though, and that went well. All we need is more practice... (David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2013-05-25 21:58:33 to KLZU (Gwinnett County Airport - Briscoe Field) 2013-05-25 22:31:15 [00:33:00] with 3 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
From Cherokee it was off to Briscoe. I signed on with flight following for the practice and then navigated by landmark also for the practice. Quin spotted Cambridge High, so we took a turn around it for fun. Then we continued on and even got to play right traffic. My first was nice, but after the touch-n-go I was on too tight a pattern. For fun I pulled downwind to base to final and greased in a nice one. Woo! My next pattern was much better, too, and a nice landing. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KLZU (Gwinnett County Airport - Briscoe Field) 2013-05-25 22:31:26 to KGVL (Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport) 2013-05-25 22:53:17 [00:22:00] with 2 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
From Lawrenceville, we went off to Gainesville for a drink and a walk. We had a lovely flight up and found the airport not too busy, with just one plane leaving (but directly across our path, of course; sheesh), so we settled to land.
I started out on 23, since it's the typical as well as the longer, but the wind was coming right down 29, so I switched to that. That reminded me of trying out that STOL-equipped 172 and using their grass median; I'd love to do that more often for practice! Anyway, we had no trouble stopping on the short runway and pulled off to let the dogs out and stretch our legs. Time for a hundred dollar Coke!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KGVL (Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport) 2013-05-25 23:19:42 to KGVL (Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport) 2013-05-25 23:35:37 [00:16:00] with 2 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
Stayed for two more turns after our break, in fact, because I wanted to work on my pattern shaping a bit more. I enjoyed 29 again for two more smooth landings. Then things started to get busy, with two folks queued up to depart on 23, so it was time to go. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KGVL (Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport) 2013-05-25 23:35:46 to KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2013-05-26 00:25:35 [00:50:00] with 3 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
Time for some pilotage and navigation again, so off we went down the lake for some sightseeting. I stayed pretty much on Gainesville's freq rather than asking for flight following, so I occasionally announced my position as we meandered down toward the dam. Near the Islands I got a call from a 'copter who was touring under us and didn't want me to descend onto him :-) No worry of that, and I advised him of my intent to play around the dam and then up Bald Ridge Creek. So, then, we did, with a lovely turn a thousand feet over the dam and then a meandering over my old haunts. Quin got to see Octopus Cove, which was actually navigable, and the Pilgrim Mill dock, plus got to hear how I'd row across the cove to visit Nonnie.
Enough sightseeing fun; it was time to head off and find Pickens county. I definitely had to get an initial heading for this one, but then it was back to pilotage, and once I found Witchy-Hat Peak (aka Sharp Mountain, it turns out, but our name will always stick) I did the rest by landmarks. Quin was back to handling the radios, too, and got to learn how and why we cross at mid-field. I was originally planning on a right-teardrop entry into the downwind leg, but I didn't like the look of the ridge and didn't want to climb even MORE, so I just turned south, pulled out the altitude knob to settle, and eventually pulled back on the airspeed handle to round out my long downwind.
My first two landings were right on the money, and I decided to try an engine-out approach for the third. I was right on the money, too, but I milked out the approach a little higher than I should have; as such, I did in fact make my landing point but dropped the last few feed and had an honest bounce. What I should have done was fly down just a little longer before flaring to float, and maybe the downslope was a contributing factor, but I need to keep working on that. All in all, though, I'm still happy with it; if it had been the real thing, we would have been right on target and in fine condition, which is the important part.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2013-05-26 00:25:39 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2013-05-26 00:35:16 [00:10:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
Time to head back home. By now it was getting late, so we just made a beeline down the highway to set up for a 3-mile straight-in final with a turn-off at the gas pumps. At 10 minutes from first roll to last stop, I think that's the quickest I've made that trip! :-)
What a wonderful, fantastic, exhilirating day that was really good to have again. I have to admit that I've sure missed doing the driving!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)