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XXX Flight: 2014-1006-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KGMU - KGMU - KGMU - KGMU - KGMU - KGMU (flying time 2:24)
Flight Notes:
Holy cow; I'm workin' for my commercial! It's time to get some night towered landings (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KGMU (Greenville Downtown Airport) 2014-10-07 00:31:33 to KGMU (Greenville Downtown Airport) 2014-10-07 01:48:37 [01:17:00] with 0 day and 16 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Sebastian Velasquez (instructor) /
Leg Notes:
Sebastian is free to take me, so I get an instructor instead of just banging around solo, which is good because I'm not terribly proficient. And I'd rather run his gauntlet (another time! :-) or plan a cross country and really work on night navigation and awareness, but time doesn't permit, so we'll just stay local for this one.
It was more than a little tricky to spot the airport, especially when flying a right pattern and having to look through Sebastian, so my first downwind was really looooong (but probably my squarest of the bunch). Once I got turned in and lined up, things were much better, and for the next one I was more on time. Then we actually worked on flaps and flying a normal pattern instead of just barreling around the sky and things got even better with the local landmark knowledge; woo hoo.
Had fun with the field lights up and down, no lights in the plane (and no flaps, since I would have lost those, too), and landing light on and off. All delightful and all easy. I was even ready for him to pull the power, and I did a good job settling in for a landing even though I cut it short. He took the next one and demonstrated that we could be happy to fly all of the standard pattern processes -- even with flaps -- in a normal but shorter pattern, and that was pretty slick. That then led us into precision power-off 180s, simply at night instead of during the day. Sweet!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KGMU (Greenville Downtown Airport) 2014-10-07 01:48:37 to KGMU (Greenville Downtown Airport) 2014-10-07 02:06:39 [00:18:00] with 0 day and 3 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Sebastian Velasquez (instructor) /
Leg Notes:
After a delightful lot of local work, we popped over to KGSP to try some landings there. I learned what a 'short approach' is as we squeaked in before a UPS heavy jet :-) and then got to see runway lights at maximum intensity and BOY O BOY were they bright. It was good practice, though, and fun to chalk up another airport. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KGMU (Greenville Downtown Airport) 2014-10-07 02:06:39 to KGMU (Greenville Downtown Airport) 2014-10-07 02:19:26 [00:13:00] with 0 day and 2 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Sebastian Velasquez (instructor) /
Leg Notes:
Next we were back to KGMU -- as a CTAF airport since Eddie had gone home! Yes, I got caught by the change and forgot my calls for a moment, plus I was going to plan on 10/28 but then learned that there are no lights there and 01/19 is the night runway. Tee hee :-) (David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KGMU (Greenville Downtown Airport) 2014-10-07 02:19:26 to KGMU (Greenville Downtown Airport) 2014-10-07 02:43:59 [00:24:00] with 0 day and 4 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Sebastian Velasquez (instructor) /
Leg Notes:
Hey, let's pop down to Donaldson to get to know yet another airport and try there. The first step was to find it, which actually went fairly well (as had others tonight; woo hoo), and then head over and get set up. This was yet another right-pattern field, so I just turned my runway heading out of KGMU into a right base for KGYH and settled in :-)
Donaldson has a wide runway (which I even noted by counting the threshold stripes on approach), and with the lights low I got myself sucked in and dropped the last bit rather than actually landing. Bleah! But pretty good overall, so I'm happy. After a few here and with time to burn we decided to take a breather and climb for some signtseeing, which was absolutely gorgeous -- and which also allowed for discussion of where Greer's airspace ends (right through the center of town, which is convenient).
Since we had height to burn off, Sebastian showed me steep spirals -- and I must admit to a bit of envy at his crisp and gorgeous technique and therefore also to a bit of relief that he drew a corkscrew on the map even though it looked in glances like we were circling one spot. That put us right on the downwind leg and in we settled for one more.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KGMU (Greenville Downtown Airport) 2014-10-07 02:43:59 to KGMU (Greenville Downtown Airport) 2014-10-07 02:55:44 [00:12:00] with 0 day and 2 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Sebastian Velasquez (instructor) /
Leg Notes:
Departure time! Back home to KGMU after a great evening. Things went so smoothly, though, that I had to go around one more time in order to make it all the way to 2.4 to complete the required time :-) (David Thorburn-Gundlach)