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Flight: 2010-1023-1 in N37148 (BlueBird) for $
KCNI - KCNI (flying time 0:34)
Off on a clam morning to go put Jimmy's lesson to work and practice gentle rotation, using flaps, keeping the nose down, short and soft TOs & landings, and ground effect. Woo hoo!
From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2010-10-23 14:11:20 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2010-10-23 14:44:41 [00:34:00] with 5 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
Well, the first thing I found is that flaps are a whole new experience all over again; I spent the whole time just messing with that! Two of my takeoffs were gentle with initial rotation just as planned, but the other three were a mess from cleaning up bits (including recovering from the landings, all not quite right). we also had company in the pattern, so I was happy enough with touch-n-go since flaps were the biggest challenge; I didn't get to move beyond that!
Too late, too, Laura remembered that we should come in with some power (Jimmy's instruction during the lesson flight was to pick an rpm, like 2000, and set up the whole approach based on that; hmmm), so I was doing the usual 'come in at idle' and had to pretty much stay at TPA until I had turned final! Even aside from that, though, my rolling cleanups were lousy and my takeoffs suffered; I wasn't really *trying* to prove that I could take off with full flaps :-/
Next time I want to go and play somewhere and just get the hang of descending with flaps at idle, 1800, 2100 to get the sight picture and then come back and (with power :-) work on flaps landings and followup takeoffs. And, hey, it's good to have a goal :-)