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XXX Flight: 2010-0110-1 in N37148 (BlueBird) for $
KCNI - KCEU - KRUQ - KCNI (flying time 6:57)
Flight Notes:
Skip and I get to make a PnP flight over near Charlotte to deliver Desi the Aussie on his way to his new home. What fun! (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2010-01-10 13:48:34 to KCEU (Oconee County Regional Airport) 2010-01-10 15:28:25 [01:40:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Skip Gundlach (navigator) /
Leg Notes:
Our first leg out took us to Clemson to stop for gas. The very nice fellow there delighted in walking Desi for us, too.
Navigation over there was challenging; I am out of practice! We were pretty accurate along the way, but it was nice to have following to confirm where we were every once in a while.
Although we made the expected air speed and some of our ground tracks showed us moving right along, the north crosswind all day slowed us down a bit, and the whole day took longer than expected. I'll need to better plan for that effect in the future.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KCEU (Oconee County Regional Airport) 2010-01-10 15:38:20 to KRUQ (Rowan County Airport) 2010-01-10 17:34:56 [01:56:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Skip Gundlach (navigator) /
Leg Notes:
This leg was a bit easier, as Desi settled quickly and we were getting in the groove. Tried following some radials and confirmed that our VOR seems a bit out of tune; we'll have to look into that.
Our 'slow descent' request on my flight plan led to some PnP radio chatter and I got to tell our story; yay. When ATC pushed me down to 4500 early and we hit rough air, too, a nice pilot reported all smooth back up at 6500, so ATC let us climb again. Thanks!
I couldn't believe how rough the air was at Rowan County. As we settled in at TPA we were bouncing all over the place, and it was through our whole approach rather than just on final. And people think 47A is a challenge!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KRUQ (Rowan County Airport) 2010-01-10 19:04:56 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2010-01-10 22:25:45 [03:21:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Skip Gundlach (navigator) /
Leg Notes:
Now just heading home, we aimed for Dillard to give Skip a flyby over Jessica's and Peter's house. Skip got to fly from about 3k ft out of KRUQ to just about when we found the town. It was fun to watch; I think he did an even better job of staying on his heading than I :-)
As we settled in I put down the flaps for slow flight and did as much hanging as I could, and although the photos didn't turn out we saw their place and they saw us. What fun.
Then it was time to hightail it for home, both because it was getting late and because our lunch water bottles were backing up in us! Still being pushed by the north wind, we managed to get ourselves almost directly back to 47A.
I planned a no-engine landing but let myself get pushed around the first time around and quickly aborted that one. Let that be a lesson to me: NEVER be in such a hurry to land that you throw away a good approach!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)