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XXX Flight: 2013-1001-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KSSI - KSSI (flying time 0:55)
Flight Notes:
Now it's my turn to get nite current! First, though, we'll just go off and have a lovely sunset flight. Mmmm... (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-10-01 23:14:10 to KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-10-02 00:09:01 [00:55:00] with 1 day and 3 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
Leg Notes:
Urk! Well, for starters I was apparently on the Jekyll frequency while at McKinnon after running back-and-forth for Laura, which of course doesn't help much. Easy to do when they're so close together, but still a complete newbie error. Yikes! That probably explains why I didn't hear the guy coming in for a landing on 34 as we were taking off on 04, eh? :-(
Anyway, off we went for a lovely flight. It was much clearer than the night before, when Laura got her night landings, so it wasn't as spectacular, but it was still very nice. We'll see how the pictures turn out.
My landing was ... interesting. I had been doodling around and was just getting ready to head in when another plane showed up to shoot the VOR approach. I didn't want to jump in front of him, which would have been a bit too close, so I extended my downwind until he passed me on the way in and then made my turn. I was going faster than he, though, and found myself all but on top of him as I turned from base to final. Whoa! Since he had announced a full stop, and since he was going slowly, and since I couldn't tell for sure where he was (another 'needs practice' item, since he did have lights and it was just a matter of picking him out of the glitter on the field), I set up for slow flight to get down to 60 or so and let him clear the runway rather than having to go around over him. It turned out, though, that he was able to stop short and get off early on, so I was clear to finish normally, but now I was slow, right? So I just put power back in and carried us forward, but never quite at the normal speed, which set me up below the glide path, which would have been very interesting if I'd been a bit lower and met one of those trees sticking up! So I need to always pay attention to the glide path even when the picture otherwise looks good.
After that it was time for three for currency. I had landed after the sunset flight, but of course that one doesn't really count because I need both takeoff and landing, and since that one was close I'll just call it 'day' anyway. The next three, though, all from complete stops and ending either right on the runway or with a taxi back to the top, were ringers! I sank a bit on my first, dropping into a small bounce, but then got settled and really liked the next two. Yay!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)