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XXX Flight: 2012-0212-1 in N7537G (C182) for $
KDNN - KDNN - KJZP (flying time 0:40)
Flight Notes:
Russ just "has" to take his buddy's 182 up to Dalton, and we get to go along for the ride. Woo hoo! (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

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From KDNN (Dalton Municipal Airport) 2012-02-13 00:06:20 to KDNN (Dalton Municipal Airport) 2012-02-13 00:21:08 [00:15:00] with 0 day and 1 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Russell Ziprik (instructor) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
A turn around the pattern at Dalton. I got to watch Laura on the flight up, so I had some advance training, but I think that even without it the CP prop would be no big deal.
Flying and even landing the 182 is really not that much different from the 172, which of course isn't surprising. AND IT WAS AT NIGHT; YIPPEE :-)
We were going to just floor it and go up again, but since I'd floated down half the runway it was instead a full stop and normal taxi. Ah, well.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)


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From KDNN (Dalton Municipal Airport) 2012-02-13 00:21:11 to KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2012-02-13 00:46:31 [00:25:00] with 0 day and 1 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Russell Ziprik (instructor) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
After just one it was time to head home. Speaking of flooring it... With the prop set for full forward, that sucker REALLY pushes you into the seat at takeoff :-) Not bad for just a piston single!
My altitude on the flight back was all over the place and I was having trouble intersecting the track to head home; that, I think, is just a matter of [lack of] practice, but it sure was distracting. I was very happy to find myself monitoring manifold and tach, though; sure enough, the pressure would drop and she would need a bit more throttle, even as Russ was telling me that one usually has to nudge it like that. Weird...
At the last minute we diverted to Pickens so that we could help him put her away. I still showed a tendency to "rock" the yoke to settle in; what we want instead is to set up with the right numbers and let her settle and feel when the tail drops down (aka nose points up) and THEN start the flare. Gosh, I guess we'll just have to go up again some time to work on that!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)