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Worst Regions/Airports To Almost Expect Turbulence  
User currently offlineAnetter123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9793 times:

My vote goes for the following.....

Atlantic Ocean during the fall-winter seasonal changes

DEN, LGA, IAD and oh - LAS!

 Big grin

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User currently offline747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1190 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 9817 times:

Quoting Anetter123 (Thread starter):
Atlantic Ocean during the fall-winter seasonal changes

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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! twocents 


User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6965 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 9800 times:

Bay of Bengal... anytime of the year...

In Indonesia...
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...

Elsewhere...
HKG in Typhoon season! *grin* Some nice pilots stories on their VSI and IAS and windshear drops there...



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9764 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?
 Confused

I expect some type of turbulence when landing or departing from airports near mountainous terrain.



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User currently offline747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1190 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 9753 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.


User currently offlineAnetter123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9720 times:

I use to work for UA and have flown in and out of ORD and SO many occasions and can't quite remember a turbulent takeoff or landing. Now IAD and DEN - horrendous - especially DEN.

LAS - landing on a hot afternoon can be quite a roller coaster ride.

NRT - I've experienced lots of chops landing here.


User currently offlineERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 687 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 9709 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.


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User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1844 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 9684 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! Big grin


User currently offlineBridogger6 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 717 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9679 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.

User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9668 times:
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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.

User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 9622 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.


User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 9613 times:

Quoting Bridogger6 (Reply 8):
I hear RNO can be pretty bad as well.

Oh yeah!
RNO was my worst experience by far.



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User currently offlineKstateinALB From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 753 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 9572 times:

Actually.... MAD was really bad in July. The humidity and heat with the terrain created a verrrrrry interesting approach.


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User currently offlineTrent1000 From Japan, joined Jan 2007, 573 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 9561 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.

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 9556 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!


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 9538 times:

Quoting Anetter123 (Thread starter):
Atlantic Ocean during the fall-winter seasonal changes

Or during hurricane season.....



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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 9528 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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User currently offlineUsAirways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9520 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.


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9518 times:

COS and GFK is even bumpy on the normal windy day.


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9482 times:

I love turbulence, crosswinds, rough weather... lightnings, typhoons...

Please tell me where in the world to find them and I will go.

Thank you.

[Edited 2007-07-12 16:36:51]


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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9466 times:

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 18):
COS

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.

Texan



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User currently offlineMdodd From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 9448 times:

Quoting Anetter123 (Thread starter):
DEN

DEN is the worst, by far!

Quoting 747fan (Reply 1):
would include are MIA, ATL, ORD, NYC, DFW, IAH, MCO, and the Baltimore/DC airports

There is no airport, NYC. EWR, JFK, LGA?
...just FYI (no hard feelings!)  Smile

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.

:O I find that hard to believe!! Do you have really bad luck, lol?
I have flown out of EWR like 300 times in my life. Never had any problems! Even in pouring rain (last flight there, ATL-EWR)

Quoting Anetter123 (Reply 5):
DEN - horrendous

Agreed- by far the worst I have ever experienced!
Even in FS its bad!!


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