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March 2015 Issue

Turbulence Targets

The airplane probably can handle it, but only if you slow down, keep the wings level and accept altitude excursions.

There I was, sliding down from my cruising altitude toward my VFR destination, still 30 or so miles out. It had been a smooth ride, and Otto was following a heading and descending at the selected 400 fpm. I had let the power come up during the descent, along with airspeed. The big Continental in front of me was rumbling along at about 25 squared, still leaned for cruise altitude, and airspeed was well into the indicatorís yellow arc, Thatís when it got bumpy. Too bumpy.

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