TimePilot From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 296 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4802 times:
I'm wondering what peoples longest bout with turbulence has been.
Mine was last summer, ORD > NRT. I think it was because of Katrina but we were tossed around for a good portion of the flight. I think at least 1 hour of continuous bumpiness, and the seat belt signs almost burned out from being on so long
LPLAspotter From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 682 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4787 times:
Since the other threads are archieved I guess we can continue here.
I flew TG from BKK to NRT then onto LAX. The flight from BKK to NRT was fine, but the flight across the Pacific was turbulent. Probably light to slightly moderate from a pilot's point of view. The seat belt sign was on the whole time and the Captain stated that the rough air was due to strong tailwinds. That was great since the flight on the 744 was only 8.5 hours.
I once flew from ABQ to STL to JFK and onto CDG on TWA. The domestic sector was on a 767 and was really turbulent due to the jetstream. But like the Thai flight it meant very short segments on the 767-200. The flight from JFK to CDG (flight number 800 by the way) was only 5 hours and 45 minutes on the 747-100 and unlike the other ones was extremely smooth.
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4759 times:
If you want to experience horrific turbulence try flying over the pacific in the winter. NRT to LAX for me, from takeoff until about North of Hawaii there was continuous turbulence. They stopped playing the 2nd movie because it was getting too bumpy.
N231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4754 times:
Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 2): If you want to experience horrific turbulence try flying over the pacific in the winter. NRT to LAX for me, from takeoff until about North of Hawaii there was continuous turbulence.
Agreed. On a night flight last Christmas (2005) from HNL-IAH, I experienced continuous turbulence until the aircraft was well into California.
IADLHR From Italy, joined Apr 2005, 679 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4657 times:
Nov, 2004 I flew LH IAD-FRA. It got very rough on the climb out of IAD and remained so for about 4 hrs. 15 min. During the entire time the FAs were in their seats with the seat belts on. It was a 747 and it was a nasty, nasty ride.
As we were approaching FRA the FAs were still picking up the dinner dishes as they were so late in serving dinner. Upon arrival in FRA I heard that an AA flight JFK-LHR took off that same night and returned to JFK due to injuries from the turbulence. I was not at all surprised when I heard that.
Prior to that experience was a TW flight in April, 1985 from STL to ABQ. The turbulence was even a bit worse than the LH flight. Perhaps it was because it was a smaller aircraft, a 727, if I remember correctly. However, for a bit over an hour it was nasty and wild. As we passed over AMA things greatly improved.That was so bad that a very, very brief time I was reluctant to fly but I still flew anyway.
Solnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 837 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4644 times:
The worst turbulence ride for me was last winter, ARN-BKK on TGs 744. On those 10h 30m hours of flight at least 4h was clear air turbulence bumbing and screaming from pax especilly kids (don´t blame them)
Spilled hot coffee on my lap.....sheiz, that hurts!!
Trekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4626 times:
BNE-MEL in 2001
A good portion of the QF 767 Flt was bumpy. With the captain coming on every now and then saying sorry, and she was going thru all different flight levels to try and clear it.
Of course, it did clear, 5 minites before we had to go into it again to land lol.
SDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4581 times:
For me, it was this summer on a BA B772ER between ORD and LHR. When I fell asleep after 3 hours of flight, the seat belt sign was still on and it had been turbulent since take off. The crew had to serve the dinner anyway and it was quite a challenge to eat and especially to drink. I'm still impressed by myself that I didn't spill my red wine all over my pants
DeltaGuy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 634 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4580 times:
My worst experience with turbulence was in the C-172 that I rent. I was doing one of my solo cross countries, and part of the thing about training in the Northeast US is getting used to crosswind landings and turbulence. I was flying from BAF-MVY-HPN-BAF a 3.5-4 hour flight without stopping, and I was experiencing constant moderate turbulence with surface winds ranging from 15-25 kts making the landings difficult. Turbulence doesn't bother me in that way making me a good Cessna pilot according to my CFII.
Boeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1806 posts, RR: 24 Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 11 hours ago) and read 4379 times:
The worst for me was on an AC flight from YYZ-HAV (A319). There was turbulence (with the seatbelt sign on) all the way from takeoff until we cleared Florida. It wasn't too bad most of the time, but there were parts that were extremely rough. The FA's were up part of the time, and started meal service, but over Carolina it got so bad that they were seated for almost an hour. I was the very last person to get a meal until the FA's got up again! Of course, it took me a long time to eat it, because I kept having to pick up the tray, so I didn't wear my bean salad...
Usair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4354 times:
For me it was crossing the pond with BA on the PHL-LHR 744 we hit turbulance over Newfoundland which lasted for the next 2 hours. Another was piloting my rented C172 from KSAF(Snata Fe,NM) to Pagosa springs,CO. non-stop for the entire flight.
KE086 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 107 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4350 times:
The worst flight that i have ever had was on a TACA airlines from Guatemala to New York. This flight was about8 hours and the whole flight from take off to landing was so bumpy i mean that we did not even get served any meals or anything the whole flight the Flight Attendents had to be seated. This was about maybe 3 years ago when there was a hurricane forming out of the coast of florida and there were thunderstoms all over the east coast. That was by far the worst flight for me, and the longest with turbulence.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11514 posts, RR: 62 Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4331 times:
For me it would be JFK-FCO last January. From just after takeoff until we crossed over Spain the entire flight was bumpy, it would calm down for a while and then suddenly you'de be shaken around again for ages. We still had the full meal service etc.., but there was certainly no need to ask for a coffee stirer!
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UsAirways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1003 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4327 times:
on a US 757 doing PHL-FLL. We had a VERY bumpy takeoff from a rainy PHL. And for some reason, our cruising altitude was only FL290. We were in clouds almost the whole way getting bumped around.
Another time was on metrojet FLL-BWI. there was a thunderstorm over the airport. We did 3 go arounds, all during pouring rain and frequent lightning. On the 4th try, we landed with a stiff crosswind. scary, but fun.
Aerotik From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 58 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4293 times:
"Frying" from BKK to NRT around the edges a tempestuous typhoon (or as they say in Chinese "TAI FENG", essentially "BIG WIND")
The JAL FA's were strapped into their jump seats before me, knuckles of their slight, pale fingers turning phosphorescent white while minute crimps in their mask-like Japanese expressions may have belied the fact that they too were having heart palpitations. I wasn't sure then if I had been checked onto a NOAA flight or regular commercial and for me, a courier flight that I had saved all my teacherly clams for: a short jaunt from BOS to BKK to HKG and from SZX to PEK and back to BOS.
I'm a bit of a nervous passenger just because I am not in control of the rudder, airspeed and aerilons but I didn't inquire about how one actually flies around the edges of a typhoon. I just visualized the pilot in the cockpit with a lasso around the nosecone, trying to tame a very hyperactive, unbroken bronco like some Japanese John Wayne.
We landed safely in Narita but my friend blamed the "weather" for missing our stopover meeting me at Narita. (Wary of this Greek bearing gifts I guess).
Who would have known for the price of my courier flight I would get admission to a ride that almost rivalled ones at Disney for it's thrill factor!
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