What do pilots do when they find air turbulence? Is the only option to wait it out, or are they able to escape it somehow?

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What do pilots do when they find air turbulence? Is the only option to wait it out, or are they able to escape it somehow?

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they can try to climb or descend a bit, with permission from ATC. but if they can’t get permission because busy airspace, then they just have to ride it out.

They can try to fly around it or change altitudes to fly below or above it, but that’s not always possible if the airspace is crowded or the area of the turbulence is too large to avoid. Otherwise, they just fly thought it. Turbulence isn’t a danger to the plane so avoiding it is for passenger comfort; avoid it if possible but not strictly necessary.

Hi, I think I can answer this one.
You have 2 options: You either go thru it or you get your ass moving outta there.

When you go thru it you: fly at the specified turb. penetration speed, in case of Severe turb or strong mod. turb. you also turn autothrottle off (which is something that works like a cruise control in a car).

Avoiding turb. involves a little more work, usually we try our best to stay away from convective clouds which are known for guaranteed turb. however, you can have turbulence out of clouds, called clear air turb. which sucks because you don’t have visual clues. We have however significant weather charts on our pre flight briefing which point out known or high probability areas of clear air turb. Other than those, we only know where is the turbulence once we are inside or when another aircraft ahead of us.

To avoid CAT and/or clouds we can change our heading or our altitude, it depends on the airspace, atc, weather involved, aircraft performance, etc.