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We're here! - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
We're here!
We left Houston on Saturday afternoon. We made it as far as Plymouth, NC yesterday. I got 7 hours in the twin, including one localizer and one NDB approach.

Today, our first stop was First Flight, in NC. My approach was good, but in the last 10 ft I decided I was coming in too low and was going to land short, so I pulled back a bit on the yoke and added power.

This promptly stalled the plane, and the right wing dropped. Luckily, I was down to just a few inches, so all that happened was the right main touched down on the runway. Except I didn't realize it, and I put in full left rudder, which then banged the left main and the nosewheel down.

It Was Not A Good Landing.

First Flight was cool - we climbed the recreatation of the Wright brothers' hill. They've got a little museam there now, with a reproduction of the 1902 glider.

I finished the day with a great LOC to 22 at Caldwell, finished with a perfect landing - the best one I've done in the twin so far.

10 hours logged. We've probably got another 10-15 to go.

We're in NY until Thursday, when we head off to DC to see the new museam at Dulles.
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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: May 18th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

First Flight

I've been to FFA as well. Guess what, my landing there sucked too, but I have an excuse. It was an extremely windy day, and as you now know, the airfield is in a cut-out in some reasonably sized trees. A small plane like the C140 gets bounced around a lot by the curl-over as the wind spills over those trees. The departure wasn't much fun either due to the windshear.

It was interesting to read that not only did the Wrights make the first powered, controlled and sustainable flight, they also did the first ever stall/crash accident a few days earlier (Hardly a stall/spin, they weren't high enough!) :-)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: May 18th, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: First Flight

Yeah, it seemed awfully short for the twin, and no VASI anywhere to be found.

I was more worried about the takeoff, but with short-field procedures, it wasn't an issue at all.
From: ex_inviolet697 Date: May 18th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Miss ya. :|
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: May 18th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you just miss having access to the candy dish. :)
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