Features November 2013 Issue
Staying In One Piece
Most of the time, a bumpy ride is just inconvenient, but sometimes it knocks the stuffing out of us and endangers the airplane. Do you know why?
With sunny skies and calm winds, it’s a surprise to reach cruise altitude and find a bumpy ride. Though computer modeling is beginning to overcome many limitations in turbulence prediction, the products aren’t always accurate and don’t convey the nature of the problem. So, it’s pretty important for pilots to be well versed in what causes turbulence. Fortunately we can distill it all to two root causes: buoyancy and friction. These are the building blocks