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XXX Flight: 2014-0216-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KCNI - KRYY - KCNI (flying time 1:12)
Flight Notes:
I get to take Quin flying after such a long time away! (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2014-02-16 20:47:03 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2014-02-16 21:13:07 [00:26:00] with 3 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
I'm up with Quin for some flying practice; woo hoo! First off, since I'm still rusty, was three in the pattern.
I overshot my first downwind waiting (too long) to turn after the plane ahead of me, so I had to drag her in. It was still a nice landing, though, and my next two patterns were much better; yay.
Meanwhile, Quin brushed up on her radio work, got to talk to a cute little Grumman, and droolingly admired the helicopter that was practicing in the neighborhood. [The helo, BTW, did an excellent job of communicating, unlike the folks the other day, and we enjoyed working with each other to stay out of each other's way.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2014-02-16 21:13:21 to KRYY (McCollum Field) 2014-02-16 21:40:25 [00:27:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
Finally it was Quin's turn to fly! First, though, we had to let a confused Citation in; we were all using 23, and the jet called himself on final for 23, and then he showed up on 5. Hah! There was much 'That was just to see if you were listening' humor, and the pilot admitted that he had turned the airport around, and then finally we were off.
Quin chose not to do the takeoff this time, so I handed over to her once we were climbing from crosswind as we headed out to the tanks. I left us trimmed for takeoff and climb, of course, so when it was time to level off she really had to wrestle. After a moment I discussed trim and showed her how as I adjusted it, and 'Aaahhhhh' :-)
We practiced holding altitude and two-minute turns and holding a heading for a while, and then we headed off to KRYY since she had wondered in the last leg if anyone ever flew right patterns and I was betting that we'd get to. I steered her this way and that to and up in place to most definitely favor a right base leg, and the tower obliged :-)
First, though, was a lesson in not blindly believing. When we were about 8nm out I checked in (with direction *and* altitude, thank you) and asked for airspace entry and a landing, and he had trouble finding us. I flashed him at around 6nm out and he finally saw us -- but said that we were 3nm away! That didn't make sense to me, and I had our 696 only out of one eye, but I could see the airport and could believe that we were closer than I thought. We were cleared to continue but it took him a long time to answer, so after about a third of the distance I checked in again to ask if he saw us at around 2nm and how we should set up, since there were a couple of others in the area, and suddenly he had us at 5nm. Our prop is fixed pitch; we can't fly in reverse :-) I replied that that made more sense to me but that he's the one with radar and I was happy to accept him putting us where he said and that he could direct me in however he wished; heh.
Since we suddenly had time, he cleared a waiting plane to depart ahead of us, which made sense; I acknowledged. I think he may have been new, too, contributing to all of this; when I asked if the traffic load would allow a stop-and-go, he stumbled a bit before finally clearing me for the option. It was all starting to come together...
I tweaked my base leg around the departing traffic, pointed out to Quin that we were turning right, and then set up for a short-field landing. And I'm thrilled with the result! :-) :-) :-) The lineup was perfect, the flaps were hanging way out, Quin took note of our pitch and commented that, hey, THIS looks fun, and I touched down and came to an immediate stop. Woo hoo! It was nice to finally nail one :-)
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KRYY (McCollum Field) 2014-02-16 21:40:30 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2014-02-16 21:59:09 [00:19:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Quin Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
It was time to leave, so I approved Quin announcing our departure and up we went. I then asked if she wished to radio for a right turnout and departure to the North, and with a bit of coaching she got that out smoothly and we did. Then, at the 4nm limit, she requested a freq change and wished the controller a good day, and we were headed toward Cherokee.
Since she had asked for a freq change, that brought up the question of whether or not we ever *couldn't* change. I explained briefly airspace rules and noted that, while we're in the neighborhood, we must comply -- and also that it's generally a good idea to listen and, in such a case, there would probably be a reason to hang on. Yay, ground school :-)
I must smugly admit that my pilotage estimate of our bearing home was pretty much right on; Quin only had to turn me about 5 degrees to point straight to KCNI :-) I decided to switch over to the NDB, though, so that I could explain how that worked and how you can navigate with it and even briefly how an approach worked, although we would be circling around to 23 in light of the wind and possibly the traffic. Along the way we got to listen to a bit of AM radio, and she was fascinated and is apparently planning to find all AM stations in the area for fun. Wait until she learns how far signals propagate at night... :-)
After calling our positions at 10nm and 5nm out, we settled into the pattern and she called us in for the landing. I fast taxied / rolled out all the way to the bottom of the runway and was surprised to see someone waiting to depart on 5; I guess he has enough pistons that a tailwind departure didn't bother him. So we took the bottom way around to our parking spot and wrapped up a lovely lovely day in the air. I can't wait to take her up again!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)