Let the aircraft descend (or climb) at maneuvering speed
to try to reduce loads on the airframe.
It's not consistently published for light aircraft, but there is a turbulent air penetration speed--defined as the maximum speed at which gusts won't cause structural overloads--that's as much as 20 knots below maneuvering speed
. Like VA, it also decreases with aircraft weight; two knots per 100 pounds is a reasonable rule of thumb.
If you encounter severe turbulence, reduce power and adjust pitch until your aircraft approaches maneuvering speed
, then adjust power and fly away from the turbulence.
For most of us, maneuvering speed
([V.sub.A]) is the only guidance we have for flying in moderate or great turbulence.
Whitney many years ago, I have a heightened interest in understanding maneuvering speed
. I believe "Turbulence V-Speeds" in March 2014 glossed over why maneuvering speed
decreases with weight.The relevant issue is the change in maneuvering speed
in the aircraft at different weights.
In most personal airplanes, TAPS is usually the same as the design maneuvering speed
, or VA, below which the wing will attain its critical angle of attack and stall before it exceeds the airplane's positive load limit, reducing its loading and helping prevent catastrophic damage.
Remember your maneuvering speed
? Sure, you can fly all day long at the top of the yellow, just below red line, as long as it's smooth.
However, important airspeeds we use in everyday flying--like the landing gear operating airspeed, VLO, or design maneuvering speed
In the absence of a published design speed for maximum gust intensity (VB), design maneuvering speed
(VA) is used as a maximum for turbulence encounters.
Burnside could have devoted a little more time emphasizing the dynamics of gross weight and the adjustment of maneuvering speed
Early in our primary training, we encountered the concept of maneuvering speed
([V.sub.A]), or design maneuvering speed
as it's sometimes called.