Really anywhere in the eastern U.S. in the summer during the afternoon/evening you can also expect turbulence (some major airports this would include are MIA, ATL, ORD, NYC, DFW, IAH, MCO, and the Baltimore/DC airports). On any hot, humid summer day scattered thunderstorms pop up in this region and, in addition to turbulence, cause delays/cancellations when airports themselves and arrival/departure routes feeding into them are affected. Outside of the U.S., southeast Asia can be turbulence-prone (especially around the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean). Any area with mountains (especially the Himalayas, Rockys, and Andes A good way to get a general idea of turbulence-prone areas is to check www.turbulenceforecast.com. Hope this helps!
Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6844 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9217 times:
Bay of Bengal... anytime of the year...
Anywhere along W17 in the rain season... (JOG on descent then is always a "fun" ride).
Padang = Windshear alley! I think last monsoon it has the highest number of reported windshears in the whole of Indonesia... going in is never pleasant in the rains there! Give it a little wind and the nearby terrain will make your plane a turn into milkshake machine...
HKG in Typhoon season! *grin* Some nice pilots stories on their VSI and IAS and windshear drops there...
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IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9181 times:
Quoting 747fan (Reply 1): Really anywhere in the eastern U.S. in the summer during the afternoon/evening you can also expect turbulence (some major airports this would include are MIA, ATL, ORD, NYC, DFW, IAH, MCO, and the Baltimore/DC airports).
Since when did ORD, DFW, & IAH become eastern U.S. airports?
I expect some type of turbulence when landing or departing from airports near mountainous terrain.
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747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1186 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9170 times:
Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 3): Since when did ORD, DFW, & IAH become eastern U.S. airports?
Yeah, good point, I should've said central and eastern U.S. or east of the Rocky Mountains. But they all experience those scattered thunderstorms that pop up on humid summer days, resulting in turbulence.
ERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 680 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9126 times:
Central Australia can be a good roller coaster ride and I had an instance where a female F/A strapped herself in next to me in a near blind panic because she never experienced such bad turbulence. I had and old her it wasn't that bad and it was caused by the hot air rising from the desert and the aircraft was more than able to handle it. I don't know if it was true but she was at ease to a degree from then on. Luckily no one else was too worried because the F/a was useless. Another place where I have always had a rough ride was the northern Pacific Ocean, especially near Taipei and Japan.
Boeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1833 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 9101 times:
YKA, Kamloops BC can be really bad. Out of 5 trips I took there last year, not one time was without turbulence, and once it was really scary. The very first time we were on approach we had one big loss of altitude which sent the FA flying (literally, she fell and was unable to stand up until it subsided), and tall people who didn't tighten their belts enough hit their heads on the roof of the Dash 8. It continued with smaller drops all the way until landing. There were people crying and everything. One lady seemed to have hurt her elbow somehow. When we de-boarded the Captain came out and apologized to everybody, and made sure people were OK. This was the strongest turbulence I ever experienced. Takeoffs were also always choppy, but not to that extent.
Another time I went up there was the second worst I've encountered, but it was more of a rolling type, and myself along with my seatmate found it fun!
Bridogger6 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 710 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9096 times:
I don't know what all this talk is of turbulence flying in and out of the DC airports, I've never had anything but smooth flights into all of them. The worst turbulence I have consistantly are flying into PHX, LAS, and DEN... also, sometimes flying out of LAX you get tossed around a bit as you take off over the ocean. I haven't flown into it, but I hear RNO can be pretty bad as well.
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 9039 times:
Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 9): There is no such thing as a smooth take off or landing from EWR. In over 100 flights in the past year and a half it has never once been smooth.
I did once, but it was the luckiest day ever. Even though it was raining down in PHL, both my DTW-EWR and my EWR-CDG flights were completely on-time, despite being in the evening. I was shocked.
As for the original question, from my experience:
-Going through any cloud in the warmer months
-PHX in the summer
-A 500-mile radius of DEN in the winter - worst is on approach. I flew PHX-DEN in December, and we passed the airport on the west so we could turn and land toward the south - the base (? - I think it is the base leg) leg had awful turbulence, where it felt like we dropped fifty feet at a time, without the actual minor little bumps we are used to. It was all just big dips. Very nauseating.
Trent1000 From Japan, joined Jan 2007, 560 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8978 times:
This has been discussed before. Among the airports/areas named in the previous post claimed to be the worst for turbulence were Christchurch, New Zealand, Trans Tasman flights generally and the Bay of Bengal.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11643 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8973 times:
The South East Asian region as a whole during the rainy season can provide a very interesting ride. Especially during the afternoons and evenings, when the rain moves in along with impressive thunder and lightening storms!
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LAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8945 times:
Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 14): The South East Asian region as a whole during the rainy season can provide a very interesting ride
I believe the region between Taiwan and Mainland China is quite turbulent, in fact ive heard during the "typhoon" season, if there is something like that, the South China Sea is one of the most stormy regions.
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UsAirways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8937 times:
on approach into FLL, ive found it to be almost always bumpy, especially in the hot summer afternoons when you have thermals rising from the ground. Also, when taking off from FLL, when you hit that cold air layer a few thousand feet up, some bumpy rides to be had.
And, the two times ive flown into LAX, both times the descent into there was bumpy, most likely because of the sea breezes hitting the mountains. Taking off over the ocean both times was very smooth though.
As for the baltimore/DC area, it really depends. It just so happens that whenever i fly out of BWI, theres nice weather and its a smooth takeoff. But about 80% of the time when coming into BWI, theres rain/storms in the area, so we get bumped around.
I almost expect to do a go around every time I fly into COS. We always had really smooth landings with WestPac in COS but never had a smooth landing anywhere else. It was like they were expecting all approaches to be as bumpy as COS! What a fun airport, though!
DEN is similar.
Never had a problem with EWR or RNO, though.
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