Saturday, 16 May 2020

There are 4 types of air turbulence

Turbulence can be described as rough air pockets, or chaotic changes in pressure through which an aircraft is flying. In fact, we have to remain calm when we encounter turbulence as aircrafts are designed to take a huge amount of stress and safety margin in order to withstand such flight conditions.

Along with the seat belt sign on, when we fly through a turbulent area, we may experience things like reduce engine power - this would lower the risk of structural damage and reduce vibration, or cabin service suspension.

In aviation, the turbulence is divided in four types:

 1. Light - this is the least severe, with very small changes in attitude or altitude
 2. Moderate - it is almost the same as light turbulence, but in this case the intensity is greater
 3. Severe - this type is described as abrupt changes in attitude and altitude with huge difference in airspeed. Objects not fastened may move around the cabin and structural damage may occur
 4. Extreme - along with the abrupt attitude and altitude changes, pilots may experience loss of control of the aircraft at times, and structural damage is likely to take place.

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