This paper provides a description of a low altitude buoyancy wave (BW) induced turbulence phenomena, which appears (from the accident records) to also be a significant hazard to aviation. This phenomenon can be particularly dangerous since it does not occur in the high reflectivity regions of a thunderstorm where pilots often anticipate encountering wind shear conditions. In addition to a general phenomenological description, this paper also summarizes several incidents where commercial and civilian aircraft have encountered buoyancy wave turbulence.
*This work was sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration under Air Force Contract No. F19628-00-C-0002. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Government. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the US Government.