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Flight: 2014-0520-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KJZP - KCNI (flying time 0:13)
returning from the annual
From KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2014-05-20 23:31:04 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2014-05-20 23:44:52 [00:13:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) /
Well, our first attempt to return didn't go well at all, and I definitely was in no shape to fly. MUCH better to be back today.
First, I trusted others and played with electrical for flaps tweaking even though I *knew* that that would cause us battery problems, and it did -- but I should have been a better PIC and prevented that in the first place with a trickle charge (even though we might have had problems even if we hadn't flicked a switch at all, too). So, as soon as she didn't start, I was kicking myself really hard with flashbacks to Bluebird's last flight.
Combine that with feeling a bit under the weather and something else that I can't remember now, and that was three problems, which is my personal maximum and reason for canceling the flight, not to mention a tad of get-there-itis to finally fly with a friend. Besides, "Don't fly angry", right? So that's reason enough right there. Plus nobody at KJZP was around and able to hand-prop her, and I wasn't ready to do it, so we weren't getting off anyway, which is a GOOD thing.
Ironically, Garrett showed up just as we were packing up, which *would* have let us fly out, but I stuck to my guns. Then I got over not being sociable so that I could actually go and say Hi, and in the process picked up a bit of hand-propping schooling from Garrett (while also turning down his kind offer to spin us so we could go, STICKING TO MY GUNS).
Gee, I wonder if this zero-hours attempt is worth its own entry? Heh. Good ADM practice, at least...
Anyway... TODAY we get there and again couldn't start, but this time I'd had coaching and thus was prepared to hand-prop a start. Went through the pre-try turns and then set for the pull and ... nothing. But she fired on the next pull; yay. For as much as it was scary and blurry and whizzing, the actual first half-second or more was actually quite graceful and smooth. No, I wouldn't leave my head in there or anything, but it's also not like I don't have time to smoothly pull my hand away at the end of the stroke.
So all of that is a roundabout lead-in to ... a simple ride home. No time today to visit the Cub; this time we just popped back to KCNI and put her away. What a gorgeous ride, though! Can't wait to go up later this week for more shakedown time.
Set up for a 5-mile final from not-very-high and, as mostly expected, needed power to make the glide. Yes, but what *could* I have done? I need to practice that more and really get a feel for my best-glide slope, especially after learning that a heavy plane & a light plane both have exactly the same glide slope but the heavier one simply has faster airspeed and sink rate -- but (in a perfect world) they end up at the same place!