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XXX Flight: 2010-1120-1 in N7395L (Wilbur) for $
KUOS - KUOS - KUOS - KUOS (flying time 2:15)
Flight Notes:
Spin school, day two! More debriefing last night after dinner. Fave was probably the loop because I could do it effectively; I planned to start with that rather than rolls. The stomach problem was in part because I kept losing my reference and also perhaps just because I was overthinking it. We'll see... (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KUOS (Franklin County Airport) 2010-11-20 12:47:09 to KUOS (Franklin County Airport) 2010-11-20 13:30:36 [00:43:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Catherine Cavagnaro (instructor) /
Leg Notes:
Actually, this flight was all about spins. It was great! Had to work around the clouds, but found some holes where we could go up and then fall back down. What a gorgeous morning!
Started with an x-ctrl skid stall just like a bad base-to-final, and it was awesome to feel and see it fall out :-) Then we did a "little" 2-turn spin -- and found that we weren't really developed, since letting go was enough.
Next it was time for a real spin, though. After three turns, we were solid and letting go wasn't enough! I was confused about what we were doing, though, and didn't do the recovery, so we set up again. I get the award for "enthusiastic push", though; when I realized that I *should* be recovering I sent the yoke forward so hard that I banged my head on the ceiling and the G meter read -0.8 or so! On the next one I got it right, pulled the throttle, kicked and straightened, and pushed more mildly and then flew out of it. The only problem was a crazy nose-high attitude that wouldn't have been maintainable at the top, although I was definitely gaining back altitude.
Next it was time to prove that only the POH approach works when you're in a developed spin. Over again, around three times (counting pretty well through all of these, BTW, much to my pleasure), let go, stay stuck, kick rudder, stay stuck, and only recover with the push forward to start flying again. No surprise, but good to feel.
Finally we "spun" to the right, which means a spiral. Bleah; that felt different from a spin, all right -- from floaty, roller-coaster fun to huffing, tugging sideways. Pulled out of that one acceptably, too; since we're flying, it's just about getting level and off the throttle, staying coordinated, and lifting. Whew!
One more bit of fun at the landing. They apparently have a *lot* of deer around there, and as I was rolling out after landing one decided it was time to cross the runway. Way back on the elevator and way down on the brakes, since they usually travel with friends! This one was solo, so that was OK, but it then came bounding along the runway and I also didn't want it to change its mind and come back across now *closer* to me! All happy and smooth, though. Yay.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KUOS (Franklin County Airport) 2010-11-20 16:05:40 to KUOS (Franklin County Airport) 2010-11-20 16:49:38 [00:44:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Catherine Cavagnaro (instructor) /
Leg Notes:
Back up again for one more before lunch. Time for loops again; they were yummy! Did a half (two loops with their two 1/4 rolls) of a cloverleaf and rather enjoyed it, and whether because she helped me mark the turns, because it wasn't all the way around, or because I was busy thinking about the loops the rolls were enjoyable. Woo hoo!
Then it was time for a Cuban 8. THAT WAS AWESOME! I think that just became my favorite maneuver. Did a couple and was very comfortable with the half rolls and really enjoyed going around. One of these days I am going to do a whole bunch of those in a row!
Next came an Immelman, which also was enjoyable even though the 1/2 roll at the top -- which was, as she predicted, sloppy and sluggish. No matter, though; still very fun (but no match for the Cuban 8).
What to try to capture on video? A Cuban 8, of course :-) Did it well but, alas, the card ran out of space just as we were finally entering. Bleah! Meanwhile, got to do a few more "stupid sharp" turns, which are really neat. It's a hard turn with a nose lift that puts you near stalling speed but also basically turns you on a time. I definitely have to look at that more and see how much of that BlueBird can do (cruise and stall are closer together, which will make the experiment more ... interesting).
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KUOS (Franklin County Airport) 2010-11-20 19:25:59 to KUOS (Franklin County Airport) 2010-11-20 20:13:34 [00:48:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Catherine Cavagnaro (instructor) /
Leg Notes:
One more flight after lunch (and where did the time go?!?). This one was rolls again, but on instruments. Not surprisingly, I did pretty well, not least because we were above the [gorgeous] cloud deck so it was just "Am I seeing blue or white?" but also because I tend to get glued to instruments. The first was a standard roll, which means some sky and some ground and some sky again. The second required some push when upside down to keep the nose above the horizon even when inverted. That was fun, too!
What was next? The most unusual attitude I've ever seen -- handed the plane when it is upside-down! This covered how to recover from flipping in wake turbulence or a mountain downdraft, though. It's still all the same procedure, but it was fun to get it in the middle and have to restart the roll to get back to upright :-)
Finally it was time for the biggie: a 20-turn spin, which is long enough to throw the fuel to the ends and drain the lines, so the prop just stops. Woo hoo! It went very well (except that we had to get to 23, I think, to really drain 'em; aw, darn, right?) and was a lot of fun, and only cost us about 4500 feet -- heh :-) We had set up the camera -- with the new card I had bought during Laura's last flight -- and so we just left it running as we went back to the track and did another Cuban 8 as a finale. Woo hoo! [Then some technical issue with the copy got me 0 bytes after no small wait time. Gaaah!]
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)