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Flight: 2013-0929-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KAMG - KSSI (flying time 3:5)
Laura and I sneak away to KSSI for a few days. Woo hoo!
From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2013-09-29 17:36:33 to KAMG (Bacon County Airport) 2013-09-29 19:54:45 [02:18:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (PIC-legal) /
The wx called for clear-to-few all the way, but they lie like a rug! Picked our way up through a gash and decided to go for 7500 instead of 5500. Then had trouble chatting up ATC, too; they were crazy busy! But, BTW, we confirmed that COM2 was not transmitting, which is the opposite of the lsat problem and makes me wonder about problems outside of the radio rather than inside. Hrmmm...
Anyway, right about when we crossed the lake (not that you could tell much because of the deck beneath us; sheesh), it was time to go under the glasses, so I dialled up the AHN VOR and started working on my heading. Oops! Note to self... Laura says to always establish the heading first and generally get going in the right direction and *then* see where you are in relation to the radial so that you aren't wildly chasing the needle.
We actually popped off to chat with Athens briefly about 25nm out, and they reported broken clouds (again, I don't know what these folks are smoking). Since Laura saw more like overcast as far as she could, we stopped in at Flight Services to check ahead. Assured that we'd get into the clear in 50 - 75 miles, we headed up to 9500 feet (hey, it's fun to see the 10k triangle cocked way over there :-) after the turn at KAHN and cruised South. Just before that, though, we were back with ATC and looking for oncoming traffic, which because of the proximity we could see coming straight at us and just above us on tabitha (at least). Yow! We actually had plenty of room, like probably a mile laterally, but that big yellow triangle had me worried for a bit :-|
The rest of the ride was uneventful, except that I realized upon arriving at Dublin that I was still listening to the Athens VOR. No wonder the needle was so wavery! Arrrgh. Flipping over to DBN gave me a much steadier needle to ride out, and remembering to flip to AMG about half way to Alma kept things lined up nicely :-) Keeping an eye on my heading and the needles kept me right in line the whole way, though, just as it's supposed to.
We decided to pit stop in Alma, so Laura drove me through some gaps to get down to about 4k ft and then pulled the foggles. We were lined up nicely -- but way high :-) I slowed down further, turned it into a circle around the airport, and arrived at pattern altitude on downwind right about at the numbers, so I just kept on goin' for the landing. I forgot :-( to use flaps, though, so I was flat and fast; not a huge problem, but further evidence that I need to stay more in practice.
From KAMG (Bacon County Airport) 2013-09-29 20:06:46 to KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-09-29 20:53:16 [00:47:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
In a lovely departure from KAMG, we stuck to 3500 feet over the coastal plains and another lovely leg. We were finally away from the clouds, too, which gave us a bit more breathing room. Unfortunately, although the first leg went fabulously, tabitha acted up again and wouldn't hold on to the GDL39, so for me it was just an ordinary VFR flight -- which was awesome as well in all of the gorgeous. THe air was clear and Laura spotted the Lanier Bridge like 35nm out; wow.
As we were heading into the neighborhood, we kept hearing this poor ExecJet calling to try to get to ATC and finally asking for a radio check. Yeah, we could hear him... After a few more tries he asked for a relay, so I rang up J'ville to advise them that he's waiting for his clearance and ready to go. Apparently ATC switched towers, because after a quick handshake they could suddenly talk to each other. Yay, and I got to help :-)
We watched him depart as I was setting up my approach and swinging onto downwind. After carefully planning my landing and calculating my position relative to the field and planning a downwind entry ... I lined up on the wrong runway and just about flew over the approach end of 4 before pulling a quick turn for the actual downwind and then extending a bit to let me get back to centerline after a keyhole turn. Arrrrgh! That's happened to me before; I think that it just takes better briefing and making absolutely sure I really know the layout and which way things will face. Stupid...
This time I set up with flaps, too :-) and even though I came in a little hot because of the good gusting we set down very nicely. It was fun to have to work slipping & crabbing all the way to the ground in the crosswind, too; it's been too long since I've done that!