Learning Experiences

August 2001 Issue

Severe Signs

ĎMy headphones flew off my head, while loose objects went flying around the cabiní

Severe turbulence on a clear day...or what my glider rating should have taught me.

I fly a Cessna 340 mostly for business on the West Coast. The weather in southern California was fairly typical on this early June day, with fog along the coast and clear inland.

I hadnít flown for several weeks, so I thought I would fly up to Tehachapi from my home base of Palomar Airport near San Diego for my $400 hamburger. The instrument departure was uneventful as I canceled IFR and continued on the 35 minute flight VFR with flight following.

The air was smooth at 12,500 feet, even though the winds were reported at 25-30 knots almost directly on the nose. I started my descent for Tehachapi and...

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