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Flight: LTG-2013-0708-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KSSI - KSSI (flying time 0:31)
I get to ride shotgun while Laura gets nite current again
From KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-07-09 01:07:27 to KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-07-09 01:38:03 [00:31:00] with 0 day and 0 night landings.
Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / David Thorburn-Gundlach (PIC-legal) /
I'm still nite current (although I run out at the end of the month), so I get to fly PIC legal for Laura while she brings herself back to currency. Woo hoo! And it was a gorgeous night for it, too.
Our first pattern was tight and clean, but I had to note that her ball was pretty far out of center. That was all for that, though, and then her approach was incredibly crisp and clean (yes, I was a little jealous :-) and smooth landing #1 was down. She noted that she sure would like to land on the nice big 22 runway but stuck with 16 for good form.
We left behind someone for #2, and I later learned that Laura thought that he, with his middle-east-ish accent, said he would be making a 'soft departure' toward Jekyll. Yes, it was a little thick, actually :-) We had someone coming in for 22, too, but we had plenty of time for our 16 pattern. Ah, but in the course of scanning for him Laura got distracted, and she ended up thinking it was timefor her base leg but using the wrong runway to do it. We got her straightened out again and she made another lovely landing.
Chatting with our inbound friend, she took off for #3, and they came by right on time and were no factor for us. Since the xwind was light, Laura decided to follow them in, so this time she did, indeed, set up for 22 and gave herself another long and lovely approach -- although, personally, I would have preferred to slip rather than hang down the barn doors for the extra descent, but, hey, there are lots of choices :-)
Musing to myself on the long taxi back that she wasn't current until we stopped (which we in fact did for crossing 16/34 rather than having to wait all the way to the tiedown, but that was only like a minute early), I had the fun thought of doing three soft-field takeoffs & landings and being able to count only one for currency :-) Maybe I'll do all touch-n-go and soft for my '10 night towered landings someday ;-)
Oh, and I got to use the 'spare landing light', too! Taxiing back down that long ramp, we were hard-pressed to find exactly where our chocks were waiting, but once I hung the big flashlight out the window we suddenly could see everything. Sweet!