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Flight: 2011-0613-2 in N37148 (BlueBird) for $
6A2 - KJZP (flying time 1:21)
Laura flew down to Griffin to see Jackie Black at Precision Avionics about a COM2 antenna and a panel jack for our handheld; I got to fly back. I have to say that Jackie and Tony are absolutely AWESOME as well as very generous; on little more than a phone call saying we'd be dropping in a couple of hours later near the end of lunch, they squeezed us in with a smile, pointed out what we'd need to do but then walked me through it anyway, and if I'm not mistaken ended up charging me as though they hadn't done any of the work! We are so grateful that these two awesome guys took such good care of us as drop-ins on what will probably be the only possible day before we head to Boston next week!
From 6A2 (Griffin - Spalding County Airport) 2011-06-13 18:22:04 to KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2011-06-13 19:43:17 [01:21:11] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
We didn't mess with going over Hartsfield (for either trip), so we basicaly backtracked Laura's half-circle route for my flight back as well. The fun part was that we couldn't go directly from airport to airport because of Atlanta's class B and had to do actual navigation and chart reading, which was cool; it's one thing to be flying the green line and confirming landforms, but it was a whole 'nother thing to be back to flying the land and confirming position on the GPS. We'll have to be sure to practice that more next week, too!
Had a lovely flight into a moderate headwind (my ground speed was often in the 70s, while Laura's on the way down had been aroun 110 :-) and managed to stay on course. We lost our xponder briefly near Lawrenceville, though, and got kicked off of flight following; oh, well. It came back not immediately after a power cycling but when we then switched back to 1200, so the lesson learned there is to twiddle *everything* before telling ATC that we've twiddled and show no change! Gonna have to follow up on that, though, and see what would cause that sort of thing.
Nobody was in the air anywhere nearby when we got to Pickens, so we decided to just fly straight down final rather than do a full pattern or go over the middle, so I got to set up for a long glide in and enjoyed actually being able to point down to the runway rather than constantly having to fly and settle. Heh. If only the traffic pattern were about three times higher, I could probably do that every time :-)