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Features March 2014 Issue

Turbulence V-Speeds

We were taught about maneuvering speed, VA, in basic ground school. Ever heard of VB? Well, there’s a lot more to this maneuvering speed thing than we were taught.

Structural failure accidents, often from getting too friendly with thunderstorms, kill both people and what little good press GA is able to garner. In the last decade, 50 accidents—about 10 per cent of all accidents—were due to in-flight structural failure. Worse, even with better weather data in flight, these accidents aren’t going away.

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