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XXX Flight: 2012-1125-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
4A7 - GA2 - 4A7 (flying time 1:14)
Flight Notes:
It's biennial / biannual / semi-annual / 24-month review time! Laura flew us to Tara Field to meet up with EY for my workout.
Thanks so much, Lars, for coming along; it was great to have you!
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From 4A7 (Clayton County Airport - Tara Field) 2012-11-25 19:41:22 to GA2 (Peach State Airport) 2012-11-25 20:39:46 [00:58:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-R) / E.Y. Baine (instructor) / Lars Thorburn (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
We started with a thorough preflight and explanation along the way, which not only demonstrated that I knew how to preflight but taught Lars a few things as well; yay. Then we covered again what I wanted to get out of the review so that we had a plan.
I was brought up short before we even started the engine; I forgot the middle step in 'Fly, Find, Fix' of planning a landing place (after trimming for best glide & stabilizing and before troubleshooting)! You'd think I would know better... But I love it!
And, so, off we went, heading for a reservoir as a practice area. Steep turns went very well, although EY had to keep hollering 'More bank! Even more!'; Lars actually commented that that part was fun :-)
Then, instead of the simple, we tried out turning stalls, getting stable at about 15 degrees of bank and pulling from there, which is a lot more like an actual takeoff or landing problem (and which was the same except tilted). I certainly had authority, but I could stand to be smoother in my recovery; I don't have to jerk quite so suddenly.
We covered chandelles a bit, and I got to try a couple of them; I think I have the idea of the steady bank / increasing pitch and steady pitch / decreasing bank. Then came a really cool introduction to lazy 8s; first we tried just flat circles to work on the increasing & decreasing bank, and THEN we added in pitch. Again, I think I have the idea; next to practice sometime...
From there we went off to do some soft-field work, and worked in an engine-out along the way. We were high and close, so things were interesting; I was going to go out a bit and then come back, but EY suggested a two-turn tight spiral, which was yikes-ish plus set me up at a weird place. That just made everything more fun, though :-) EY then called for a go-around just before touchdown, which I managed without stalling the plane, so it was good. We then turned and set up for a normal approach.
With everything lined up, I did some slip work. I didn't figure out until finishing why it was fighting me so much and I was having trouble setting up, but the issue was that I was trying to do a right slip -- but standing on the right rudder pedal out of habit! No wonder it wouldn't swing out... If memory serves, it took a prompting question from EY, but I *did* figure it out on my own. Back to basics: steer toward the window; kick away from the window!
Anyway, with all of that, I used up too much runway, so up we went for another go-around and a normal pattern into a nice soft-field landing, although EY had to auto-carb-heat for me. Way fun, and I should way do it more.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From GA2 (Peach State Airport) 2012-11-25 20:39:55 to 4A7 (Clayton County Airport - Tara Field) 2012-11-25 20:55:29 [00:16:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-R) / E.Y. Baine (instructor) / Lars Thorburn (passenger) /
Leg Notes:
After all of this, it was getting late, so we zipped straight back to Tara. I didn't even get to show a short-field landing, although EY agrees with me that we should do precision practice work -- at the thousand-foot blocks rather than the threshold. We played with a right slip again -- except that we were set up on a left pattern and so it was all wrong, until EY took the plane for a moment and just threw us into a tight 180 to set up for a right-to-final appearance and I could slip to my heart's content :-) This time, thanks to LEFT rudder, all looked great and worked as it should. (David Thorburn-Gundlach)