intake buzz

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i. An airflow instability that occurs when a shock wave is alternately swallowed and regurgitated by the inlet. At its worst, the condition can cause violent fluctuation in pressure throughout the inlet, which may result in damage to the inlet structure and maybe to the engine itself. Also called intake buzz.
ii. To harass another aircraft in flight or ground objects by flying dangerously close to them.
iii. The oscillation of control surface or other structure at very high audible frequencies. The commonest such phenomenon is aileron buzz. This sustained oscillation of control surfaces caused by intermittent flow separation on the surface, by a motion of shock waves across the surface, or by a combination of flow separation and shock-wave motion on the surface may result in damaging or even breaking of ailerons.
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