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Flight: 2011-1021-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KCNI (flying time 0:27)
Skip was in town and got to take a ride in Penny. We get to go up a bit after Laura's cross-country.
From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2011-10-21 22:46:16 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2011-10-21 23:13:28 [00:27:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Skip Gundlach (passenger) /
Up for a beautiful nearly-sunset flight; too close to land at Pickens, but we went in that direction. I was *very* happy with my takeoff; rotation was just right and we were up so smoothly you could hardly spot the transition.
Dad took the yoke once we were at pattern altitude and followed my pointing. I thought it would be fun to show him the corn maze off the south end of the runway, so we poked around looking for that. After a couple of tries and not being able to see it, I put us in a turn and identified it -- but also noted that it was mostly in shadow and so the paths didn't show very much. Ah, well.
That, though, was when I found out that, because he only had sunglasses, he was pretty much flying blind. I had already noted that, as usual, he was very coordinated -- but now I learn that it was by the seat of his pants! Wow :-)
We headed back, getting to catch some lovely skies, and I directed him onto downwind before taking her back on the base leg. He would probably be a good first student for a new CFI who has to *gulp* let someone land the plane, come to think of it. Perhaps we can get that timed out during a visit next year :-)
So, then, the landing... I was in my work shoes and discovered the "heels" problem to which Laura has referred as I hung off the bottom. While trying to steer with my feet and also be ready on the brakes, I just couldn't pull back my toes enough to really be off. Imagine my surprise when I touch down to two steady squeals as the locked-up wheels go sliding down the runway :-)/2 Ugh. I got completely off of the brakes before we actually lost lift and then got back on them UP ON THE HEELS once we were solidly down and could begin slowing, but that transition spot under the arch is a real stinker! Laura, meanwhile, heard from the sidelines and asked me what on earth was up; I explained. A thorough examination back at the tiedown revealed only the usual minor scuffing, although the tires were comfortably warm, so it all worked out well in the end.