Arriving at the airport this morning, I was a bit skeptical as to if we'd get to fly. With low, dark-grey clouds at 4,000 ft and turbulence, I knew it was going to be an interesting flight. In addition, there were winds at 9kts gusting to 15kts from 350, it was a little more than we'd normally do. Luckily, because the winds were nearly aligned with our runway (34), we decided it would be good practice.
Departing the airport, we flew Northwest into the practice area to review some maneuvers for the day. It was moderate to heavy turbulence; some sudden bumps threw us against the top of the cockpit. After a bit of testing, we found an altitude that seemed to work a little better. We reviewed maneuvers including:
- Power on stalls
- Power off stalls
- Steep turns
- Slow flight (imminent stalls)
- Engine out situations