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XXX Flight: 2010-1107-1 in N37148 (BlueBird) for $
KCNI - KCNI (flying time 1:6)
Flight Notes:
What a glorious day to go flying! Laura and I popped out for more practice since it appears that BlueBird's pointy nose may not be as dr
astically in trouble as the prop guys made it sound.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2010-11-07 21:15:58 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2010-11-07 22:21:59 [01:06:00] with 7 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
Leg Notes:
Practiced a few soft-field takeoffs, but mostly it was about flaps.
#1 was a soft TO and a touch-n-go; #2 came to a full stop. Still figuring out flaps, but I went ahead and put in the first notch at the numbers instead of on base because base is so quick.
#3 was another soft TO; this time she really lifted nicely and we stayed in ground effect. Another t-n-g and we were in the air again. I think today, even with a slight xwind, my extended centerline is looking *much* better. Yay!
#4 wasn't a landing but instead a buzz. Still staying high for base and dropping in flaps on final once we're sure we're there and working on flying her all the way down rather than flaring early. Made it down to a nice glide right over the runway without having to do crazy throttle jockeying and then just flew away. THAT was a nice one :-)
#5 was another smooth t-n-g, but IIRC that was where I forgot to put my flaps back up. Altitude gain was ... slow.
#6 was a complete tank. By now we had these guys over Covington chatting with each other about lunch or something and things were really busy, and then a pal recognized ME on the box and called to say hello. That was nice, but I got myself distracted and totally botched the landing, coming in off of center, not fully correcting for xwind and having to crab, and not straightening. It was good, though, as a reminder; I am flying at full concentration, which I absolutely love, and something extra like thinking about a fast plane or planning to catch up really are those last straws. Got myself cleaned up for #7, answering that I was still on and merely botching a landing :-) Once we agreed that we should catch up for dinner sometime and I was on the downwind leg, I jokingly called that I was turning base and (with emphasis) not listening to anyone else. That got a chuckle :-) It was back to the usual smooth approach and gentle settle, too, so I kept rolling and was off again.
I wanted to go and get in some steep turns after Laura got to play with stalls, so I headed out over the tanks. Heh. I need to practice steep turns :-) My rollouts were invariably late, my bank angle was anything but constant, and I kept starting my back pressure too soon and climbing. 30 degrees was, not surprisingly, smoother than 45, but still not rock solid. Ah, well... After two pairs of those we decided to fly over the house just for fun before turning home. Laura saw the van but didn't see anyone outside; that would be a fun experiment sometime.
Then it was back to the airport for approach #8. This got interesting when a fellow coming in looked a whole lot like he was just planning to come straight in on base even though we were joining downwind. I kept calling my position while Laura kept watching him; he never said anything, but finally when I advertised that I was on downwind and specifically asked if the approaching traffic saw us about to turn base he broke off and came in behind us. Yikes! I dunno if he just wasn't paying attention or thought he was way faster than we were, but I was right up to my abort point to cut across and go to upwind when he finally got the message. Oy!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)