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Flight: 2010-1110-1 in N37148 (BlueBird) for $
KCNI - KCNI (flying time 0:43)
Slipped away again today to squeak in more late-breakfast practice before a conf call. This is awesome!
From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2010-11-10 14:04:30 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2010-11-10 14:47:56 [00:43:00] with 6 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
Today was nice and calm at the surface, which made it easier to concentrate on finesse. There *was* a slight easterly crosswind, which since it was the opposite of yesterday's threw off my approach at first, but it was easy enough to recognize by the second lap. It shouldn't have happened at all, though :-/
For #1 I did a soft-field takeoff, staying pretty smoothly in ground effect. The landing was OK, aside from the whole turning-too-early thing, but I ended up dropping in too suddenly anyway. Gaaah. Tried again.
#2 was another soft TO and an almost perfect lift into ground effect. Woo hoo! I could ride that nearly all day now :-) Finally getting the hang of it.
Tried short-field TOs for #3 and #4. Forgot to stand on the brakes the first time *duh*. Tried one without an obstacle and one with. It hardly makes a difference, though; she jumps off the ground and is up 50 feet before I even get stabilized at Vx anyway! Also did a short-field landing for #4 and nailed that one. Meanwhile, since nobody was in the neighborhood, I switched and took off on 22 for #3 and then 4 again for #4, saving all of that taxi time!
The local heli was in the neighborhood, so I stuck with 4 again for #5. Back to soft field and hover fun. Rode this one all the way down the runway and finally climbed at the old end marker. Woo hoo! Then I came around and floated long to settle in at the far end, too. That one was nicer than my previous, since the bottom didn't drop out as precipitously. Still not as soft and smooth as I would like, though.
Changed direction again for #6. Did a soft TO again and really worked it at Vx. Interestingly, I noticed that after getting stabilized at Vx merely pulling in my flaps, without any change in pitch, moved me to Vy! That will be something for further experimentation.