Grand CanyonRemember, slow to below V(Maximum Operating Speed) if in a turbine aircraft or VA (Maximum Maneuvering Speed) if in a piston aircraft with respect to your aircraft’s weight prior to starting your descent if turbulence is forecasted or expected. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t had at least moderate turbulence on a descent into Las Vegas!

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Christopher Carmody has been instructing pilots for over a decade in various aircraft models. He has been awarded the Master Flight Instructor designation by the National Association of Flight Instructors in addition to being recently named "Flight Instructor of the Year" in the FAA's Central Region. He is a former demonstration pilot and regional director of sales of new Piper Aircraft in the midwest. He received his B.S. in Aeronautics majoring in both Aviation Science / Professional Pilot and Aviation Management from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University.