Sometimes when we think of aircraft passengers and their discomfort we think of passengers on commercial airlines. However, many General Aviation pilots often find themselves with passengers who might feel uncomfortable when they encounter Turbulence as well. That's why TURBULENCE AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING is something that shouldn't be overlooked."
"Probably the first thing to understand," Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, "is what, exactly, Turbulence is."
In the most basic of terms, a Turbulent atmosphere exists when air currents vary greatly over short distances. For the most part, there are three causes:
- Wind Shear
- Convective Currents
- Obstructions to wind flow
"Depending on your flight circumstances," Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING explained, "it is also possible that you might also encounter 'wake turbulence.'"
When it comes to TURBULENCE AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING, one of the first things that is taught is that Turbulence is more of a comfort issue that a safety issue. As a result, it is suggested that you let your passengers know right from the get-go that this is the case, so that if Turbulence is encountered during a flight their mind has already been put to ease.
"One of the things that should be remembered," Dale added, "by both the pilot and their passengers, is the fact that turbulence is transient in character and local in extent."
"We always impress upon our students," Jason offered, "that 'pilot etiquette' is an important flight of flying. When it comes to TURBULENCE AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING we stress that if you do encounter Turbulence you will want to send a 'pilot report' so that others can be forewarned of the situation before they actually encounter it."
(To learn more about this topic check out "Pilot reveals what REALLY happens when a plane hits Turbulence " and "Aviation Weather - Turbulence - Pilot Outlook")