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XXX Flight: 2009-0929-1 in N37148 (BlueBird) for $
KCNI - KRYY - KCNI (flying time 1:45)
Flight Notes:
Took a quick hop over to KRYY to get BlueBird weighed at DLK Aviation. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2009-09-29 17:27:32 to KRYY (McCollum Field) 2009-09-29 18:04:01 [00:37:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Yanek Martinson (safety) /
Leg Notes:
We had a somewhat gusty crosswind which was no problem -- about 1/3 right-side aileron to precompensate on the takeoff run -- but I suddenly found myself airborne sooner than expected. I just pretended it was a soft-field takeoff and kept her low until we built up speed and then off we went.
Moderate pilot-induced turbulence during the flight settled down before too long :-)
Got over to KRYY without incident (navigating entirely by compass and landmarks; woo hoo) and complied with an approach to right base -- but forgot that he didn't have to give me permission to descend, so I had to skid around a bit and then asked for a 360 to take off my altitude. Wrestling with a slight crosswind and still being out of practice, I set up for the landing and had the right wheel down but was pointing at the grass, so I skipped it and went around. Whew! The next landing was very smooth and then we headed over to DLK.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KRYY (McCollum Field) 2009-09-29 21:27:13 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2009-09-29 22:35:20 [01:08:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Yanek Martinson (safety) /
Leg Notes:
Flying back from DLK (after only gaining 10 lbs of load since the last weighing; damn!). Took a long run out toward Cartersville before turning out; I thought about maneuvering a bit over Allatoona but wanted to get home to my waiting Laura.
More visual navigation; we found 400 and then identified North Point and then were able to confirm Windward, find the office, follow Windward / Cogburn / Hopewell past the two water towers at Bethany and then the bog (wow; it extends WAY west-er than I knew) and the church and then MY HOUSE! Made a pass to pin it down and then did a few turns for Laura, who not only saw and waved (as I learned later; I could barely make out the roof among the trees!) but recognized BlueBird by her engine before seeing the high tail and bubble cockpit :-)
Then pointed toward 47A and did some slow flight on the way. She flew (with full flaps) easily down into the 40s and I even managed 39 KIAS for about 10 seconds before the actual stall! Woo hoo!
Since we were set up so nicely for a landing once we were through stalling, I simulated an engine-out approach. My flaps still being out gave me even more lift than I had expected, and even with some [inexpert and out-of-practice] slipping I ended up too high but probably not high enough to try a turn or further slipping. In a real out I would have been fine, landing about half way down the runway and at worst running off into the grass, but I just went around and set up a real one. I worked so hard on not flying a narrow trapezoidal pattern than I was crazy wide :-/ I also pulled in the flaps for the go-round, which made her feel a bit more normal for the landing.
This landing was also a bit squirrely; I did ride the stall horn to a nice settle, but was really working left and right. Just as I was midway between the line and the left edge and headed for the side I actually applied power to go around at the same time as she settled smoothly but firmly and we were down, so I quickly pulled it back and took the landing. I obviously need to work on my crosswind technique! Yanek also suggested that I define some quantitative criteria (X knots too fast or slow; Y feet off center; Z feet too high at the numbers; pointed too far to the side; etcetc) as my triggers for going around so that I don't have to decide whether or not to go but just do it; that's a good idea.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)