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5 Tools That Help You Avoid Turbulence

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Nobody likes turbulence. Here's how you can avoid it...


Giving ATC a brief report of conditions can help everyone behind you following your route. You can find turbulence PIREPs here.



Graphical AIRMETs and SIGMETs are a great way to visualize where you might find turbulent skies around the country. Click here for AWC G-AIRMETs.


3) Analyze Weather Charts And Radar Summaries

Frontal turbulence is caused by lifting of warm air, a frontal surface leading to instability, or the abrupt wind shift between the warm and cold air masses. The most severe cases of frontal turbulence are generally associated with fast-moving cold fronts.


4) Winds And Temperatures Aloft Chart

Even though a temperature inversion produces a stable atmosphere, inversions can cause turbulence at the boundary between the inversion layer and the surrounding atmosphere. You can read the winds/temps aloft chart to find these inversions before you fly.

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5) Other Pilots And ATC

If you're talking to ATC, listen for reports of turbulence from pilots nearby. Controllers are constantly receiving reports in their sector, so use their advice to find the smoothest altitude.


What Do You Use?

How do you plan your flight to avoid turbulence? Tell us in the comments below.

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