Aviation Dictionary

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Convective Turbulence

This is low altitude turbulence caused by the sun heating up the earths’ surface. As air moves over a warm surface, it heats up and rises, causing convective currents. Not all air will heat up and rise in a constant manner, and this creates differences in the direction of movement of the air and when flown through, we experience these differences as turbulence.

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