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XXX Flight: 2013-1213-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KJZP - KCNI - KCNI (flying time 2:15)
Flight Notes:
We get to take Yanek up for a ride and play with maneuvers, both I as a student and Laura as an instructor (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2013-12-13 19:42:33 to KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2013-12-13 19:58:19 [00:16:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) / Yanek Martinson (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
The first job, though, was to pop over to Pickens and get our nose strut boosted a bit. Hi, Garrett! (David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2013-12-13 20:25:29 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2013-12-13 21:30:07 [01:05:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) / Yanek Martinson (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
Time for maneuvers! We headed east and Laura demonstrated & I followed and then I tried it. We had to hash out again exactly how a lazy 8 works, but at least I was paying attention and noticed the discrepancy! :-)
First came chandelles, though. I'd give myself about a 6, since I have the concept but still don't have the fine control, and it was fun (of course!).
Of course, once you're up that high, you get to do spirals to come down, so I enjoyed one of those. The only hard part about that is not going too fast; it's about flying down rather than plummeting down.
Then came 8s. More demonstrating, and this is where I couldn't match the explanation with the demonstration. Once we got that sorted out, it was my turn to try to figure out this stuff. Whew! Yeah, I have the concept -- mostly. Maybe a 4 for today :-)
Returning to KCNI was fun, and we enjoyed a good discussion on the altitude at which to cross the field (we all, IIRC, think that it isn't pattern altitude, which just sets you up for a collision with someone on downwind), and we came over today at about a thousand feet up -- which made for a lovely fun teardrop turn for the downwind entry, too :-)
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2013-12-13 21:30:16 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2013-12-13 22:24:08 [00:54:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) / Yanek Martinson (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
After all of that, it was time to be safety pilot for Yanek while he flew for the first time in a long time. Yay! I pointed toward the tanks and then handed off to him, and he worked on basic maneuvers plus chandelles (but kept banking WAY too much).
Then we turned and headed south past the airport for the NDB approach, and I watched & guided while he flew, which was also very good experience that I think Laura will put into her instructor regime. I took her back on final and turned a lovely setup in to a drag-in landing after confusion about the best way to come in. I'm glad no-engine approaches feel so good, because that sure didn't! [But it was a lovely landing nonetheless.]
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)