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Severe Aircraft Turbulence Over Northern Africa Aboard An Airbus A300

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Uploaded on Oct 25, 2011

http://AviationExplorer.com - Standard airplane radars cannot detect clear air turbulence, as clear air turbulence is not associated with clouds that show unpredictable movement of the air. Airlines and pilots should be aware of factors that cause or indicate clear air turbulence in order to reduce the probability of meeting turbulence, as it can injure crew and passengers and even affect flight safety.

Aircraft in level flight rely on a constant air density to retain stability. Where air density is significantly different, for instance because of temperature gradient, especially at the tropopause, clear air turbulence can occur.

Where an aircraft changes its position horizontally from within the jet stream to outside the jet stream, or vice versa, a horizontal temperature gradient may be experienced. Because jet streams meander, such a change of position need not be the result of a change of course by the aircraft.

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