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XXX Flight: 2011-0226-1 in N37148 (BlueBird) for $
KCNI - KCNI (flying time 0:18)
Flight Notes:
Holy smokes, but it's been a long time since we were up. Taking Jimmy up as a safety pilot just to be sure. But that, apparently, means hurry -- which leads to fuck-ups. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 0000-00-00 00:00:00 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 0000-00-00 00:00:00 [00:18:00] with 3 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Jimmy Garland (safety) /
Leg Notes:
First it was 'Hurry up and jump in and go', so I didn't get to check the weather and thus didn't correct for crosswind on takeoff. Not so terrible overall, but it made for a rocky start and my pitch after rotation was too high. Managed to get settled to a good angle and turned a nice (though high) pattern and a decent landing although too steep an approach.
After a touch & go takeoff I had better pitch control and better ball control; yay. Still got high in the pattern, but not as bad. Decided to try flaps this time; set up like Jimmy directed and sank way to fast :-)
Another touch & go and a nice takeoff this time. At least I managed to stay at TPA this time, so of course we had to have fun with someone else coming ahead of me. I extended my downwind behind a 152 on final and Jimmy about had a coniption that I was hanging out for so long :-) Of course, setting up with better flap timing and coming in at 1700 put me ... straight for the dirt, so I had to correct again. Poor Jimmy...
Oh, and all of my takeoffs and finals were straight down the centerline, and you can't (because of that hurry thing) prove otherwise :-(
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)