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How Bumpy Should These Flights Be?  
User currently offlinePhxflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 30 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3054 times:

I'm a very anxious/nervous flier and I'm headed over to Europe for a 12-night cruise next week. I'm hoping that someone might be able to provide some insight about what to expect for the flights over the Atlantic and Europe. What's the weather typically like in these areas at this time of year? What kind of bumps can I expect? I'll be headed AUS-PHX-CLT-FRA-VCE and then BCN-FRA-CLT-IAD-AUS...

Thanks!

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User currently offlineJamesjimlb From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

well the weather changes and if you go to noaa.gov you should be able to find something. just expect a smooth ride without to much turbulance but on the long CLT-FRA expect a very small portion of it to be very bumpy.


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User currently offlinePhxflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

Quoting Jamesjimlb (Reply 1):
on the long CLT-FRA expect a very small portion of it to be very bumpy

Is there any particular portion where I should expect it? And for any particular reason?

I appreciate the feedback... Thanks...  Smile


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

You can occasionally get the odd bit of rough turbulence above the mountains in Europe, specifically the Pyrenees which you may well fly over when flying BCN-FRA, and likewise with the Alps when flying FRA-VCE. Still though, this is never very much, not even enough to spill your drink over.


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3029 times:

Ok nervous flyer, here ya go...

http://adds.aviationweather.gov/turbulence/
This map shows the current turbulence advisories across the US. Click on the top left one.

http://adds.aviationweather.gov/pireps/
If you can read a pirep you can input the airport codes you are flying through and see what pilots in the area have said.

Flying through PHX in the summer can sometimes cause a few bumps on takeoff and landing because of the heat and the mountains. I've found crossing the Atlantic to be rather smooth, you shouldn't have any trouble.
Odd routings you got booked on on, i'm assuming, US Airways.
Have a nice cruise.

[Edited 2007-05-21 04:29:11]

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39885 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2978 times:

Phxflyer:
No need to worry. Just have a few vodka tonics and the turbulence wont even faze you.



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User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 2965 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 4):
I've found crossing the Atlantic to be rather smooth

I agree. Although I only crossed the Atlantic 6 times, it was usually pretty smooth... Certainly much smoother than my CPT rides from Europe  Smile

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
No need to worry. Just have a few vodka tonics and the turbulence wont even faze you.

Now you do know that's not a very professional advise don't you?  Wink



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39885 posts, RR: 74
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 2963 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 6):
Now you do know that's not a very professional advise don't you?

Works for me and I am a pro. 

[Edited 2007-05-21 19:01:44]


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User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 6):
Now you do know that's not a very professional advise don't you?

Professional - maybe not, but it's damn accurate.

Not to mention a good drink.  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2946 times:
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Quoting Phxflyer (Thread starter):
What kind of bumps can I expect?

Sit in the middle of the plane. You'll have a much smoother ride. On the way to Switzerland this past March I was in the back of the 332 flying JFK-GVA and I got very motion-sick. My roommate, however, was in the middle and said it was the smoothest flight of his life. Then, on the way back we were sitting in the opposite seats and he got sick and I didn't. It makes a big difference where you sit. Try and avoid the back.

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