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XXX Flight: 2012-1024-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KCNI - KVPC (flying time 0:37)
Flight Notes:
Off to KVPC to see Lance & Don about fixing our gravel dings, since everyone we ask for an estimate says to go to them :-) (David Thorburn-Gundlach)

From KCNI (Cherokee County Municipal Airport) 2012-10-24 13:28:33 to KVPC (Cartersville Airport) 2012-10-24 14:05:51 [00:37:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) / Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (copilot) /
Leg Notes:
First, my track wasn't really like that; the GPS was updating its databases during the flight and didn't record anything in the middle :-( I was happy to have the leadoff bit, though, to get the time!
Now... We were pressed for time, so what should have been a chance to mess with the approach just turned into an arrival, which is still fine, but it was also not as smooth as it should have been. We were headed down the RMG 080 radial for the NDB, which is just north of the field, originally intending to practice the full localizer approach, and so that's what we told folks over the radio. [We also had no GPS, so we had to estimate the old-fashioned way, so I had a couple of extra calls in there :-] Then, as late as it was getting and since someone was in the pattern, I said that we'd just make a 3/4 turn and set up for a left base, so that's our loop to the North and over to the Southeast. He wasn't talking to me, though, so I then decided to break off the base leg and get behind him, so I headed South -- and THEN he says I can cruise on in ahead of him. That was too close for me, so I just continued my turn to the South to line up as #2.
Once we were finally lined up on [a slightly wide] downwind, things got interesting INSIDE the cockpit. This is a key lesson, actually. I was staying wide and also extending my downwind because there is a double ridge up there and at pattern altitude I was closer to each than I prefer to be. My intent was instead to go farther, swing safely around, and then approach down the middle with more altitude above me so that I didn't have to do any diving. The problem was that I wasn't talking about it along the way, so Laura just sees me not descending at the numbers and heading for these big lumps and so on; heh. From now on I talk audibly to myself, even if not to my cabinmates, as I walk through a plan, watch my speed, and so on.
(David Thorburn-Gundlach)