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    Where there's smoke there's fire

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    Dave MartyDave Marty
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    I was out flying a practice RNAV approach to 03 at YLTV and an intermediate leg passes directly over the smoke stack from a power station.

    The plane was severely buffeted as it passed over the top ,and I was thinking what a bad idea it would be to fly over a bushfire. The convective turbulence would likely be severe. Anyone with any experience of this?

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    Dave, yep, I reckon stay away from bush fires. On Sunday tracking ECH to HEAT we encountered what I think was a DSE burn directly on track and went around it. There’s a lot of convective turbulence coming from bush fires, and the really severe ones can even cause pyro-cumulus clouds to form. I don’t envy the firebomber pilots; I reckon they’d have a pretty rough ride.

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