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XXX Flight: 2014-0403-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KJZP - KCNI (flying time 0:56)
Flight Notes:
Let's go change the oil! We're a couple of hours over, so it's time even though the annual is just next month; we hope, after all, for Laura to get in lots of practice. Garrett will let us borrow gear while he keeps an eye on us, so it's today! (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2014-04-03 18:37:57 to KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2014-04-03 18:56:01 [00:18:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
Leg Notes:
Short and simple ride up. There was a broken layer at 3000, so we basically went from KCNI pattern alt (2000) up the highway to KJZP pattern alt (2500) to stay sufficiently clear. It didn't seem quite worth it to file an IFR plan to go 8 miles ;-)
Light turbulence was noticeable but fun. I was keeping her around 120 but Laura suggested pulling back to Va (which, since we're light, would be slower); that was OK but then I blew altitude and speed all over the place trying to dial in again. I can't wait for IFR practice! Laura also noted that she's gonna work me really hard on settings & control; I want it, too :-)
Noted in preflight that our tweaked flap is pushed too far and gets a slight wrinkle; yikes! Will have Garrett look at that, too; dunno if we undo this and make the inverse change on the left or can tell it to stop sooner.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KJZP (Pickens County (GA)) 2014-04-03 23:22:28 to KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2014-04-04 00:00:42 [00:38:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
Leg Notes:
Oil change done! Hey, that only took a bit over three hours (plus a dinner). I think we need practice ;-) Unfortunately, later review also shows that the Hobbs meter isn't registering, so I guess I bumped something and disconnected it; we'll be back to poke at that.
There is a flap motor cutoff switch attached to a travel sensor, but the set screw is frozen; for now we just don't go to full flaps, and we'll fix it (one way or the other; I'm fine with shortening the left) at the annual.
Tried the new Andy foot position a bit, and perhaps I'm getting used to it. It was a lot calmer today, too, which made things easier :-) Enjoyed some scenic touring in the lovely evening air & light. Tried some turns and they ended up looking more like a Yan-Yang pair; good grief! Um,yeah, I meant to draw that... :-)
Headed home in the dwindling light; we could have stayed through the whole sunset, but we aren't night proficient, so down we went. That, too, shall come some day.
Oh, and the Hobbs meter appears to have died :-( :-( :-(
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)