Does that bump you feel after completing a level 360 degree turn in an airplane have a proper name? I've heard it called an "attaboy bump", but obviously thats not a proper name.

My understanding is that the bump occurs when a properly executed level 360 turn overlaps the disturbed air caused by the same aircraft's flight path into the turn.

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    $\begingroup$ Loss of separation with the next aircraft in approach? $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Nov 15, 2017 at 12:55

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It's your aircraft's wake, as in wake turbulence.

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    $\begingroup$ Yes. I think I worded my question wrong, but do you know if there is a name for intersecting your own aircraft's wake upon completion of a 360 degree turn? $\endgroup$
    – Devil07
    Nov 14, 2017 at 21:46
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    $\begingroup$ @Devil07 I've never heard a special name for it, everyone I know just says "I hit my own wake" $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Nov 14, 2017 at 21:52
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    $\begingroup$ me too, I was wondering if it had a special name. I say we hereby name it the "attaboy bump", unless you can think of a more appropriate one. ;) $\endgroup$
    – Devil07
    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:31
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    $\begingroup$ Well, I had it flip me over once, so it was an oh s*@t bump then. $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Nov 15, 2017 at 9:22
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    $\begingroup$ Wow, 8 words, 18 votes. That looks like a record which will hold a long time :-) $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Nov 19, 2017 at 19:54

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