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Flight: 2014-0524-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KGMU (flying time 1:4)
We're off for Laura's CFI-A final prep week! And I get to fly; thanks, babe!
From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2014-05-24 14:59:04 to KGMU (Greenville Downtown Airport) 2014-05-24 16:03:25 [01:04:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
We were originally headed for another try at a visit with a WIA friend at KLQK on the way, but he has family suddenly in instead. SOMEDAY we'll go up in his Cub! :-)
Then we were planning for foggles and VOR routing, but that would take extra time. In the end, we just jumped into the sky and got here. I'm all for a lovely VFR flight, though, too!
The clouds stayed up and the bumps stayed smooth; it was a much better trip than anticipated. Laura phoned in a pirep at about the 30-mile-mark, and then I did another a bit past KTOC, both advertising negative turbulence but haze. Alt was +/- 50ft; I gotta work on that *sigh* Heading was pretty good, though, and without cheating by watching the pink line, thank you very much!
There was still a tiny right-turn tendency, but all was *much* better than before. Mebbe I'll remember to count & keep notes another time. Meanwhile, She needed constant rt rudder, so I should also play with the trim fin a bit. I think we're close enough for Laura's ride, though, so I won't mess with it.
I was pretty happy with my descent, both in remembering to get started at a decent distance :-) and in dialing in a pretty steady number (about 300fpm, taking into account slowing down soon as well). We didn't know where we were and were basically atop the airport before we saw it and switched over, so the tower sent me out a bit and put two folks in front of me to give me time to drop to pattern altitude and set up a good descent.
Laura said she liked my landing, so it must have been REALLY good. Yay! It felt nice to me, too; what a way to end a lovely flight. One of these days we're going to have money and reason to actually TAKE TRIPS regularly; woo hoo! And I've come to realize in the past few months that flying our plane to Oshkosh has made it onto my 10-year-plan goals list :-)