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Flight: 2013-0616-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KSSI - KSAV - KSSI (flying time 1:28)
Happy Father's Day to me! Off we go for a day in Savannah
From KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-06-16 16:10:58 to KSAV (Savannah / Hilton Head International) 2013-06-16 16:53:52 [00:43:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) / Madi Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
First off, Laura and I discussed approaches a bit more. Although willing to accept it, I just wasn't liking the idea of forcing myself slower and steeper with flaps and then adding power to fly in when I could just glide in. Then she pointed out that pitching down decreases the angle of attack and gives me more margin before stall. Well, duh! Of course... So I'm going to try to focus on that today.
Anyway, off we went for a straight-out departure, with Quin running the radios, and then picked up flight following for the trip up the beautiful marshy coast and then into KSAV. I was going to fly VORs up under foggles, but we never got around to that partly because of how gorgeous everything is and, well, mostly because we were playing with our new technology :-) I had my Father's Day / birthday present, tabitha, mounted on my yoke and was poking at traffic while Laura worked the 696 and her Mother's Day / birthday present, iGor, for runway and taxi info. (Conclusion: TIS-B is awesome, but at the fringes of coverage on the Georgia Coast we only saw air-to-air and, frankly, I miss the Zaon more than a little. We'll see how things look back in Atlanta, where we're closer to ATC in a much busier region.)
Anyway, it was nice to chat with ATC for flight following again, and it was a lovely ride up there. They set us up for a straight-in on runway 01, so all I had to do was scoot over to line up and then cruise right down the glide path. [If I had thought faster I would have tuned in the ILS, but, well, that playing-with-technology thing...] With 7000x150 of runway under me, I knew that I wasn't as close as it looked, but I still flared high and settled the last couple of feet abruptly (although without a bounce), so it wasn't my best landing. I should definitely keep an eye on the side window picture, just like at night, since the ground comes up the same way right next to the plane no matter how wide the strip! Then we had to find our way to SheltAir, which is right next to but completely unrelated to Gulfstream, but after some negotiation^Wclarification with Ground :-) we were on our way.
From KSAV (Savannah / Hilton Head International) 2013-06-16 23:30:12 to KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-06-17 00:15:17 [00:45:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (PIC-legal) / Madi Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
After an awesome day in the historic district, we headed for home. Quin once again ran the radios (well, for a while, anyway). We were gently reminded that Clearance Delivery is for all operations in Class C and not just for IFR flights :-) They were still crazy not-busy, because as soon as I had 500 feet I was cleared to turn right when able. Hey, why not? :-)
Flew VORs home this time; it was good practice. I danced back and forth across the radial a few times until I got settled down; I need to practice turning to line up before I cross! But it went very well. We were again home all too soon.
We started our descent a bit late, and then dropped gradually to give everyone a chance to get started, so I was still high by the time I was in the neighborhood. No problem; I got to get in slip practice! Laura asked for a soft-field landing, too, so I came in with full flaps and floated the nose all the way down to the taxiway. Yay again!