November 12 (Sat) 12:00pm Understanding Thermal Turbulence

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

As pilots, we often don’t even notice minor turbulence.  Turbulence to pilots is like waves on the ocean to a sailor, just part of the ride.  While it may rattle our passengers, pilots know that light and moderate turbulence is not a safety risk provided we operate the aircraft at the speeds recommended by the aircraft manufacturer.  But what is turbulence?

Join us for another inside look at weather and atmospheric phenomena hosted by Dave Kramer.  In this session, Dave gives us a deeper insight into turbulence, and particularly thermal turbulence.  Thermal turbulence is the most common type of turbulence experienced by pilots, in part because it is closer to the ground.  As its name implies, this type of turbulence is the result of uneven heating of the Earth’s surface.  Surprisingly, the Aviation Weather Service does not issue an advisory for even widespread moderate turbulence so it is important to have an understanding of it.

For this talk, Dave Kramer shares what he has learned from the work of Scott C. Dennstaedt, an FAA-certificated instrument flight instructor and former National Weather Service research meteorologist specializing in weather training.  Scott has written over 100 articles for various aviation magazines to include IFR, Plane & Pilot, Pilot Journal, Flying, Aviation Consumer and Twin & Turbine magazines just to name a few.  He is also one of the primary weather consultants for ForeFlight.

Dave Kramer is a basic and instrument ground instructor whose passions are IFR flight and weather.  Dave often finds himself researching deeper into a topic of interest, and regularly brings his newly acquired knowledge back to San Carlos Flight Center to share with other local pilots.

This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit - click here.

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