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XXX Flight: 2013-0628-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KSSI - KSSI (flying time 0:32)
Flight Notes:
Originally to be a Laura flight, I get to take a tired-out Sweetie for a sightseeing flight :-) (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-06-28 13:59:58 to KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-06-28 14:31:51 [00:32:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
Leg Notes:
The weather has conspired to keep us home for the week, so I finally have my day off today. What better way to start it than with a flight? :-) Since Laura was wiped, though, she elected to have me fly instead. Hey, I can't complain...
All was smooth and simple as we prepared for departure; I did my runup right near the tiedown while waiting for a jet to taxi in and park at the ramp. Then off we went!
Climb out was quick and smooth, and Laura confirmed that she was going to stay wiped, so I left the pattern and headed North up the beach for the view. THe first thing I had to do was move over to put the scenic stuff on my passenger's side; oops! :-) Off we continued up the gorgeous beach.
Just north of Sea Island, we saw a rusted out hulk. I wonder how it got there and how long it's been there... Was she driven ashore to keep from sinking, or did she run aground? Is that 50 years of salt at work, or just 5? I wish we had gotten pictures; perhaps next time.
Anyway, from there we went just a bit farther North and then turned for home to explore the marsh and inlands. Definitely lots of golving in the area :-)
Once we were in the neighborhood and I knew that I had the right runway :-) I just set up for a straight-in final since nobody else was around. I had been flying along a tad above TPA, though, and needed to get down to a reasonable altitude, so I slipped for fun -- but, alas, a bit too much too far, so I had to fly it in, which is fine, but I should always be planning for the engine-out approach. It was good to come in under power, though, since it was crazy squirrely; I was all over the place -- and in front of two planes lined up for departure, too! I think we settled in nicely to a good landing, though -- and, best of all, so did Laura!!!! Woo hoo!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)