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Understanding turbulence

Added on: March 24, 2011         Duration: 1 hour and 29 minutes

From the beginning, all pilots learn to cope with those annoying bumps called turbulence. But can turbulence be deadly? Compared to scheduled air carrier operations, a general aviation pilot is a couple orders of magnitude more likely to be fatally injured in a turbulence-related accident according to a recent Federal survey. Using NTSB accident data from 1983 through 1997 the survey identified that turbulence was the culprit in 664 accidents which resulted in 609 deaths, 239 serious injuries and 584 minor injuries. All but one of the 609 deaths was attributed to general aviation. The scary statistic, however, is that the Federal survey also estimated that only about 30% of upper level injury-causing turbulence incidents were forecast based on previous turbulence pilot reports or valid AIRMETs. So it is imperative that all general aviation pilots learn how to recognize the meteorological conditions that cause turbulence. In this workshop you will learn how to use the tools available on the Internet to find the most comfortable ride and how to minimize your exposure to dangerous turbulence.

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