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Turbulence: Does It Scare You Or You Like It?  
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4188 posts, RR: 36
Posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8069 times:

Turbulence... turbulence...good old turbulence...

Last august I took a flight to JNB from ZRH....half of it was turbulence..

This december I took MAD-SJO and SJP-PTY-MAD and only once there was turbulence..

personally i'm not a big fan of turbulence and worst when it gets heavy...however I don't get scared by turbulence as much as before..

some people find it freaky others fun others indifferent

what category do you fit



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77 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2496 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8068 times:

Bumpier the better i say!


User currently offlineTom12 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8062 times:

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 1):
Bumpier the better i say!

Yeah totally agree......i think heavy turbulance is super!


"Per noctem volamus" - Royal Air Force Bomber Squadron IX
User currently offlinePMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8055 times:

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 1):
Bumpier the better i say!

Yup I'm in the turbulence fan club, just as long as I haven't been awake for 36 hours before boarding the plane. It's much less fun then.


Edith in his bed, a plane in the rain is humming, the wires in the walls are humming some song - some mysterious song
User currently offlineFlyingdutchman From Netherlands, joined Jul 2007, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8052 times:

Quoting PMN (Reply 3):
Yup I'm in the turbulence fan club,

So do I

Bud hold The Coffee I take that afterwards


User currently offlineYoungFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8050 times:

You all are crazy!
But seriously, I wish I was like you guys in flights. I almost pee in my pants every little bump. I never got sick on a plane, but the thought of that happening scares the crap out of me.

"An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind" -Gandhi
User currently offlineTimology From Netherlands, joined Jan 2006, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8045 times:

I don't really mind turbulence, just when it gets more agressive. One time on a flight with AF enroute SIN-CDG, we dropped a couple of metres, the FO said, or something like that. That was 5 years back or something. Scared the hell out of me.

"Arm in arm we are the harmless sociopaths"
User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8039 times:


No turbulence-No fun!

USADreamliner  Smile

User currently offlineSkySurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1146 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8040 times:

To me, it's not been much of a flight unless there's been some turbulence.
The 2 bumpiest flights i've ever been on was an EI 737 DUB-MAN and a Canadi>n Regional BE1900D. The 737 was all over the place on approach and just before touchdown the right wing dropped and as the pilot was correcting that the left main gear slammed onto the runway...gotta love it  Smile
The BE1900D was memorable because we approached YGK over Lake Ontario in the dark, and the pilots left the curtain open, so i could see the runway 'moving' wildly up and down etc in relation to the cockpit windows. Awesome


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8038 times:

While I like and prefer a smooth fligth, turbulances do not scare me. Neither in a big jet nor in a small prop.

I only would wish for it, that they do not occur when I have any drinks in front of me.
I DO know how it feels to get two glasses of OJ poured over a person ! In my case it was accidentally done by a FA, who hardly apologized afterwards - anyhow she seemed to have had a very bad day that day.
Fortunately this happened on my way home and it was only a 3h flight.
The negative thing I learned:Those fruit particles in OJ are hard to remove from a sweater !
The positive thing I learned: Clothes dry very fast in a a/c cabin (due to the low humidity) !

Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8314 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8035 times:

Quoting PMN (Reply 3):
Yup I'm in the turbulence fan club, just as long as I haven't been awake for 36 hours before boarding the plane. It's much less fun then.

Really? It just lulls me to sleep like a heavy chop at sea does. I'm a major fan of turbulence. I've learnt to scull back the entire (cold) drink in one go rather than have it on my tray when the obligatory turbulence during the meal service happens. Time and again I have laughed at people that have hot drinks and wine spilt all over them across the aisle from me.

User currently offlineDon81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8033 times:

Turbulence doesn't bother me in the least. The first time I looked out the window and saw the wings moving nearly scared me stupid. Granted that's not too far, but still.

How far will a large plane (T7, 747, A340, etc) rise or drop during turbulence? Any pilots know?
And for those of us fortunate enough to have traveled Concorde, was she more or less affected by turbulence, due to her flight level?

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
User currently onlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8010 times:

It doesn't scare me, it makes me sick.. like i wanna throw up!

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8005 times:

I love it, except when I'm trying to eat or drink. I get my jollies out of commenting on how the wing tips move or blurting out things like, "Oh my God!"

I'm also the bastard that applauds and cheers during a bumpy, bouncy landing.  Big grin


User currently offlineNHGrafx From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7998 times:

This is great!!!!!! I always thought I was crazy for loving heavy turbulence. Now I know I am not the only one. I was on a flight from CLT to BOS last winter (2004) 2 weeks before Christmas in a US Airways 734, we landed at BOS in a blizzard, we were the last flight allowed to land before the airport was shut down, and that was one VERY bumpy approach. We were frequently making what felt like drops of probably 10-15 feet on final approach, the wings were flopping up and down like they were made of paper, there was loud thudding and rattling noises all throughout the cabin, we were lifting up a few inches in our seats with each drop, I loved it, but everyone else in the plane all looked scared out of their minds. But we made a perfect landing followed by cheers and applause. That was a lot more enjoyable than being diverted to MHT or wherever they would have sent us. It was also kind of funny taking off from a sunny and warm 70 degrees in CLT and landing at BOS in a cold 20 degrees with full on blizzard conditions 1.75 hours later.

I am just curious about what any airline pilots here think about landing in conditions like that, because I am sure it is a much more stressful situation for them.

Is it weird I have a RemoveBeforeFlight pitot cover on my car rear view mirror?
User currently offlineDeltaGuy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7977 times:

Hello All,
I personally love getting kicked around, whether in the airliners or in the C-172 that I rent every weekend. One time I was on a US A-319 from DCA-BOS just after a violent thunderstorm. On the climbout from DCA boy we were getting jostled like no tomorrow. All of the passengers around me were getting nervous or clutching their stomachs.  vomit  However I was enjoying the ride and a passenger questioned me about it:

Passenger: How could you be so calm in this violent turbulence
Me: Well mam I fly small airplanes in New England and the winds up there give us a good kick around
Passenger: Boy are you crazy(Goes back to gripping the armrest causing white-knuckles)

Best Regards From BDL,  wave 

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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7971 times:

As long as I don't spill my Scotch I don't care either way . . . .

User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7971 times:

I used to think turbulence was awesome when I was a kid. These days, I got nothing against it, except if I'm trying to sleep on a long-haul/red-eye flight, then I might be a bit cranky by the time I reach my destination and the flight was a mini earthquake simulator.

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7970 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 16):
As long as I don't spill my Scotch I don't care either way . . . .

Me too. (Except it is usually Jack Daniel's for me.)

I don't mind heavy turbulence at all and actually enjoy it. The only thing I don't like is when the plane drops a fair amount and your stomach bottoms out on you for a second. But violent shaking of the plane and wings flapping like a bird...the more the merrier!

"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineBG777300ER From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2005, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7967 times:

I don't know about you guys, but sometimes during a flight, when you're like just about dosing off into a sleep, turbulence feels really good and relaxing and kind of helps you fall asleep. I mean like when you're in that state where you're almost asleep but not fully.

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User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 808 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7966 times:

I LOVE turblence!
It's all I want!

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 1):
Bumpier the better i say!



Flying high on the Wings of the Great Northwest!
User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7960 times:

I'm somewhat in the middle. If I'm flying a Cessna 172/182 or a Piper Seminole with me PIC, turbulence is not really that great. However, if I'm on a nice heavy jet up at FL350 (not the website  Smile), a little turbulence never hurt nobody.
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User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7952 times:

Turbulence is fun - doesn't bother me at all - did bother my friend one time when flying to the canaries - plane encountered some rather fierce turbulence, pilot decided to drop the plane (presumably to avoid it) coffee went up in the air, covered everyone, but the funniest thing was mine went up, across and landed in her chicken dinner !! ha !! we managed to laugh about it but her meal was needless to say ruined !!


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7233 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7951 times:

Its good fun, pity many PAX don't feel the same way  Wink

User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7947 times:

Well, I guess I must be crazy, because I prefer a smooth flight.  

The last flight I took was on an Air Canada A320, I believe, and it was as smooth as silk all the way. Well, most of the way. I like the feeling of being on a stable platform, utterly invulnerable to atmospheric conditions.

I guess I must be nuts.


[Edited 2006-01-03 11:23:09]

25 TACAA320 : Scared to death. I simply hate turbulence.
26 Shamrock350 : I like small amounts of turbulence but I had a flight with EI to Cork from Heathrow and the turbulence was really bad I was very scared! The aircraft
27 TK787 : I know that turbulence is rated from 0-6, but I never get a chance to ask the pilots: "How would you rate that last one?" . I mean can they still rea
28 Post contains images Skydrol : I love it... wings bouncing, plane shaking, overhead bins unlatching, cabin ceiling panels creaking (especially L-1011), watching other pax reactions
29 Captainjon : dont mind it at all, especially in small planes when even small turbulence is a big pot hole like bump. doesn't really scare me, though when it happen
30 LY777 : I hate turbulences!!!it makes me sick!!!
31 AerorobNZ : I think pax should be able to rate the turbulence in their IVOD just like the quiz games on SQ/EK - gain points for getting the correct rating.....th
32 Post contains images AerospaceFan : Maybe the one closest to the actual rating as determined by the average pax response at the end of the flight from the entire cabin should win. The p
33 Skywatch : I love turbulence. My personal favorites are the random 100ft+ drops that ocassionally occur! ---Skywatch
34 Macc : turbulence is fine of two reasons: it quiets people down. especially those drunken braggarts who can never shut up. and it does lull me into sleep. if
35 Lentigomaligna : I usually like it, but my last flight had turbulence immediately after takeoff from SLC which scared the hell out of me and many other passengers on t
36 Post contains images TimePilot : I hate turbulence. A little bit is okay, but for the most part I think it sucks. 2 days ago on a BOS > JFK flight we hit vortex turbulence coming off
37 AF773 : I think turbulence is fun. Quite entertaining to watch other pax during a bumpy ride. Murphy's law though. Why does it almost always get bumpy when co
38 Cedars747 : I`d like to be a member of the club....i love turbulence!!!! Alex!!!
39 Edelag : Turbulence all the way. I just love to see the other passengers scared out of their minds.
40 Post contains images Boeingfanyyz : Well, it really does vary. Usually, however, most experts say that the effect is very minimal, usually consisting of a drop in a few feet, even a few
41 DLX737200 : I hate turbulence at flight level for a prolonged amount of time. Once on a DL CRJ, we were at FL 310 flying from DCA-MCO around a hurricane off the c
42 FLAIRPORT : I enjoy it. I think as long as you have your "sea legs" and are smart, you can deal with it. the FAs once stopped meal service due to turbulence (afte
43 Aerorobnz : That has happened on several flights I've been on. Both were prolonged periods of well over an hour - The turbulence over Antarctica was most fun, al
44 Post contains images AmericanB763ER : I hate turbulence! Be it on take off en route or descent/landing that doesn't really matter. It's not that it makes me sick when it occurs, it just ma
45 Jetflyer : I find it very different in a Cessna 152 compared to airliners, obviously. I encountered bad turbulence as a passenger on a Dash 8-300 from Manchester
46 Hirnie : Hi! While I´m not scared of turbulences I prefer Smooth rides to read a book or sleep. My bumpiest experience is about 10 or more years ago when I wa
47 Vasu : Definitely prefer turbulence! Last year I was on a DL 777 inbound to ATL... somewhere over Delaware we had the worst turbulence I'd ever experienced!
48 Slovacek747 : The More turbulence the better. Was funny when we hit some last week coming home to IAH from Tokyo and guy next to me looked like he was bout to piss
49 AirWillie6475 : To everybody above who said they like turbulence, they probably have never been in REAL tubulence. The kind where your plane could roll to the side an
50 ZKSUJ : Been in an aircraft where turbulence was classed as 'severe'. Pilot had very little to no control of the aircraft. Nose pitched down but you are stil
51 IBERIA747 : Don't worry. 80% of these "brave, tough guys" wet their pants too. I don't mind turbulence, but I'm not a fan of it either. It's a normal thing, and
52 Post contains images JamesJimlb : one about turulence i don't like.. you can't really go to the bathroom. i was on an aw flight from mco to phx tried going to the bathroom i could bare
53 Gatorman96 : When I was younger it used to bother me until my flight from ORD-HKG. We circled for bit and we were finally cleared to land ahead of an approaching t
54 Flairport : I don't know...being in a 757 that hit wake turbulance at 1000 feet and dipped and looked like the wing was about to hit the ground I would think qua
55 Post contains images ZKSUJ : At first it is a bit nerve wrecking, then you get used to it and it doesnt bother you. The fun part is watching the face of your seat neighbour!!!
56 Flyboy36y : I lover turbulence, but I can get startled by iy... still I love it!
57 Rolfen : Love turbulence (especially on descent), it puts the fun back in flying. But not all sorts of turbulence. I have once experienced the plane dropping w
58 Malb777 : What a stange buch we are , you can spot a plane mad person as soon as the bumps start . We are the ones who yell "ride em cowboy" the rougher it gets
59 MerlinIIIB : In turbulence I have sometimes experienced vertigo. On two occasions my inner ear and even my eyes (due to cloud patterns outside) made me believe we
60 BoeingATL : NOT the unexpected kind. . . . Lord forbid I spill my drink! But when the Captain says to strap in and FA's be seated. . . . I'm like a kid at the sta
61 Don81603 : You want turbulence, take a military flight in a Herc. They create their own unique turbulence, which is why you see paratroopers bailing out the back
62 Post contains images RichM : May I ask why? Do you get scared every time when you go over a bump in a car? It's no different. Planes are designed to withstand turbulence, in the
63 Post contains images Aircanada333 : I don't know if this can help you but you have to think that you only have one chance out of ten millions to die in an aircraft compared to one chanc
64 MtnWest1979 : I used to be a big fan of it. It made each trip more adventurous. But after flying consistently (about 30 years out of 35) with airlines and before th
65 Post contains images Mexicana757 : I love turbulance, thats what makes a flight very fun!
66 Andz : I flew JNB-PLZ on Tuesday and PLZ-JNB on Thursday (732 both ways) and we had quite severe thunderstorm activity both ways. Coming back there was almos
67 AirWales : I HATE it with a passion!
68 Leigh pilgrim : I have to say, Im a bit of a wimp when it comes to turbulance!, I know all the theory about it, and when people look scared or say they hate it, I alw
69 Tsaord : I think turbulence scares people, like me because you never see it coming! I hit bumps on the road all the time but most of the time at the last minut
70 Post contains images Wingscrubber : TURBULENCE!
71 Petmbro : Turbulence has never bothered me. The worst ever was through t-stroms on FLL-ATL on a DL 763. There was not one minute on that flight where we were n
72 YoungFlyer : I totally agree with Tsaord here: I am not scared of the fact the plane will crash, i know the odds of that. the thing that freaks me out is not know
73 Navairjax : I'm going to agree with the last post. I like when I know its going to be smooth rather than wonder if it will ever become smooth.
74 Broke : When I've been on a tiring trip and I am flying from the west coast of the US to the east in the winter, I like turbulence. It means that we are proba
75 Cedars747 : I love turbulence ,but once on a flight from GIG to EZE onboard AR B747 i felt like after this turbulence i need an ambulance!!! Alex!!!
76 Post contains images TimePilot : I agree with the "unexpected" part that people have been talking about. When your riding along and BANG! things start shaking, then it frightens me. I
77 Post contains images FlyBoy84 : Recent flight CLT-TPA: Takeoff and climb was smooth, but soon after that the roller coaster ride began. This was an A321, so it was a fairly large jet
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