It was time to either get a check pilot and do my six instrument approaches for currency purposes or better yet, go ahead and do an IFR proficiency check ride, with a CFII. Mark Strother, Chief Pilot at Florida Flyers Flight School in St. Augustine, put me with one of his able CFII instructors, Ian McCourt, and we went up for a bumpy ride with an approaching cold front. Winds were 15 gusting 30.
This video is my precision approach, flying the ILS Runway 31 at St. Augustine, then going visual for a circle to land on Runway 24, which the winds favored. At the last moment before touch down we got a nice side gust that pushed us to the side of this narrow runway, but once we were down it was okay. The instructor probably deserves some combat pay for this landing.
Florida Flyers is an excellent flight school and Ian did a terrific job with this check ride. I intend to ask for Ian McCourt again and do some follow up training with him.
Pilot - William Mallory Kent, Cessna 182, N2494E
This video is dedicated to Robert Altman, United States Army Airforce, who went down in a B-17, piloted by Capt. Colin Kelly, then was taken prisoner by the Japanese and spent the rest of the war in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Tokyo. May God grant him peace and light eternal.