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XXX Flight: 2013-0603-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KSSI - KSSI (flying time 0:13)
Flight Notes:
It would be lovely to fly this morning, but it's tough to tell from the ground how widely we have clouds or not. So let's take a turn around the pattern and see from above. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-06-03 12:35:07 to KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-06-03 12:48:07 [00:13:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
Leg Notes:
During the preflight Laura wondered at the salt we felt on the prop. Wow! Yes, we pick it up just in the air -- and we need to stay ahead of it.
Takeoff was smooth and we climbed well, but sure enough we only had a gap rather than a cloud-free area. Continued off at a slight angle while working my way above the layer to make the turn. Finally, at about 2k ft, I could finally make the turn to 'downwind' and head back to the runway :-) Meanwhile, yes, we had a pretty solid layer all around, and we weren't going up this morning.
Time to lose a thousand feet from the numbers to even get back down to pattern altitude; hah! I started out with about half flaps, though, and just settled in smoothly the whole way, made it over the trees, and cruised right in for a perfect landing. Woo hoo! Laura even approved :-)
We're gonna have to get the hang of this weather stuff and find flying windows, because there will always be a little something or other in this neighborhood! But we'll figure it out, and even one turn around the pattern is a good day. Plus, as a bonus, we got to rinse off Penny with our spare time.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)