This evening I was flying Carenado’s beautiful Mooney M20J around Mooney’s home of Central Texas; Kerrville to be exact. Not only did I spend a few years of my childhood in this area, but I have family located not far from the airport and my Grandfather worked at Mooney for a number of years. So, flying around central Texas is sort of like going to grandma’s house.
The weather made this flight fairly interesting with gusting winds, variable clouds, and high humidity. A storm front was moving in from the north and west. Taking off from Kerrville, already in the midst of the storm is proof of this pilot’s questionable discretion, was a little hair raising.
Once airborne and above 3,000 feet, the wind was calmer, but the visibility was close to nothing. Good thing we are in an IFR equipped Mooney as we cruised southeast.
ATC asked us to approach from the south due to incoming traffic and clearer weather, so we paralleled downtown San Antonio, banked left over the DPS field and hooked back north.
The approach to runway 21 was tight due to traffic on the inbound. We hugged the runway tight, made our sweeping, descending turn and landed safely, despite the winds best attempts at making us crash.