YoungFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 176 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3653 times:
In the summer I am going to go to a aviation summer camp at Daniel Webtser Collage in NH. In the camp we will visit local airports like MHT, talk to civil and military pilots, and learn about airline management. About all this I am excited. Part of the program will also let us fly in a small plane (cessna 172). For anybody who read some of my previous posts know that I hate turbulence and have some fear of flying. I decided to join the camp because flying wasn't the big part of it.
Here is my question to all you pilots, How is it like flying on a small plane? Is there much turbulence even in good conditions?
Thanks in advance,
"An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind" -Gandhi
Boeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3650 times:
Sounds like you have a pretty heated summer! I've been flying in a C172 for a few months now here at CYKZ. It is a great thrill flying in a C172 because it is not too small (for example, the C150) but you still have that feeling of being in a prop plane. Assumingly, you will sit in the left-hand seat, so you will get to see all the controls which is pretty neat. I find that during training, it's a lot of fun taxiing and even doing the walk around. You can expect a rather quick t/o, lasting maybe even 10-15 seconds. Climb out is pretty quick and you will be so distracted by all the beautiful scenery and views you are seeing that you wont even care about turbulence or anything of that nature. Cruise is when you'll notice your turbulence, that is if there is any. I'll tell you right now Dan that you can expect turbulence on your flight. I'll confess, I too had a little fear of flying, although it was mostly turbulence oriented. What I do is say to myself that there will be turbulence each flight. There usually is. If you go into your flight during the summer saying "I expect that his flight will have no turbulence whatsoever. I mean, look outside; it's absolutely beautiful.", you will most certaintly notice the turbulence. It's like when going into an exam, and you are not sure what will be on it. You can obviously expect that the topic you spent the most time on in class will make up a large portion of the exam. With that being said, the turbulence in a C172 is not worse than that of a B744. You will notice a bit more un-intended movement (ie wind ) in a C172 than a B744, however, because of the weight difference.
So, all I can suggest to you is to expect turbulence for your flight. I do, and it works! For descent, you can expect it to be quite quick and a bit less relaxed than cruise, due to reviewing charts, maps, radio calls, etc. Landing is the best part, for me. It makes you feel powerful, to say the least!
For your flight, the PIC will most likely let you take control during cruise, perhaps even t/o. The worst thing you can do is grip very tensely on the yoke. Instead, gently rest one of your hands on one side of the yoke, allowing the plane to do most of the flying itself. Overall, you will have a very good time this summer in the C172 and I wish you all the best.
By the way, if you have any further questions, you can send me a message.
"If it aint boeing, it aint going!", "Friends are like condoms...they protect you when things get hard!"
Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2615 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3632 times:
Quoting YoungFlyer (Thread starter): How is it like flying on a small plane? Is there much turbulence even in good conditions?
First off, have fun! Flying in a small GA aircraft is much different than an airliner so enjoy it! Nothing beats flying low and seeing things from a thousand feet, or flying circles around a good sight.
As far as turbulence goes, BoeingFannyyz gave great advice, and I would add try not to worry too much, I've flown 172s almost exclusively thus far and I too was a bit nervous whenever things got bumpy when I started out but I leanred that Cessna made a good airplane in that frame, and it can withstand a lot (especially after some of my landings)! Also remember that you have an experienced pilot by your side who will do his/her best to keep you out of trouble.
Again, enjoy it and expect turbulence but dont sweat it too much, you will be in good hands.
Web From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3611 times:
You're so lucky! I've only flown once in a Cessna (a 185 w/floats) and the best advice I can give is make sure there is air blowing/flowing over you. It definately helps keep you cool and calm so you can enjoy the ride more. Also, if you are prone to airsickness, take ginger (in pill form; I don't recommend gnawing on a ginger root!) for a few days before your flight(s) and you probably won't even notice the turbulence. Most of all, enjoy the flight!
ZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7166 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3607 times:
Flying a small plane is nice. Yes it is not as stable as a larger one but if the days are nice, it is a very smooth ride still.
Light GA aircraft enable you to get use to all kinbds of turbulence and get used to not so friendly conditions, its great.
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3601 times:
Although you will feel the air currents around you which can be an interesting experience, surprisingly the 172 can be quite smooth if the air is nice.Turbulence should be no problem because the 172 has comfortable seats that act as a cushion during turbulence unlike the rock hard airline seats.
Jspitfire From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 309 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3566 times:
Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 5): Flying a small plane is nice. Yes it is not as stable as a larger one but if the days are nice, it is a very smooth ride still.
Small planes are just as stable as big ones, its the turbulence that will cause a small plane to move around much more than a big one. I have around 160 hours in 172s, and I recall the majority of flights being very smooth and, if there was any turbulence, it was very small. The amount of turbulence will also depend on the time of day. There is usually less in the morning, and more in the afternoon when the ground has had time to heat up. I find flying at night is by far the smoothest ride, and the best view as well.
ZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7166 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3560 times:
Quoting Jspitfire (Reply 7): Small planes are just as stable as big ones, its the turbulence that will cause a small plane to move around much more than a big one
Thats what I meant, sorry for not being so clear. Point is, bigger the aircraft the more stable it is when encountering turbulence etc... Have been in aircraft where turbulence was quite bad and was thrown around.
My point is, the ride would seem smoother in a 744 when compared to a cessna in a given circumstance with given conditions bacuase of the sheer size.
CaptainJon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3530 times:
I have only logged one hour in a C172SP and took off from N07 and I encountered only minor turbulence. Felt like driving on a bumpy road really. I have no fear of flying, even though that was my first time in a small plane, it was a real thrill. It was very enjoyable and time flew by (no pun intended). Enjoy!
727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3503 times:
One thing to note, the turbulence you feel in the 172 will give a different sensation than in a larger airliner. In a heavier, faster craft it feels more like a bumpy road; but in the light planes you will notice the wings rocking more. Honestly you should expect a small amount on every flight, since you will undoubtedly be flying over land formations that can contribute, and the air mass changes as you move (both verically and along your flight path).
Realistically the turbulence you feel will be very benign, and short lived. Watch the scenery, observe the pilot and the flight operations, ignore the bumps, and enjoy the flight!