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Chronically Turbulent Landing Approaches...  
User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2544 posts, RR: 28
Posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8613 times:
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Anyone know of approaches that are usually very turbulent for whatever reason? I know MIA to be rather turbulent before landing...often because of afternoon T-storms and because of the sea-winds that come from the ocean. Innsbruck, in Austria is another place i've heard can have rough approaches as the winds in the narrow valley where it is located can sometimes make it extremely difficult to land there.

-AA777

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User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8450 times:

Anecdotally, ATL seems consistently turbulent. I did hear from a pilot once that it's true...something to do with the air currents or something. Anyway, it's almost always bumpy, even in good weather.

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 8391 times:

In Europe I recognized that you often have turbulent landings in Vienna. I think it is due to its geographic location with heavy winds through the plain.

User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 8336 times:

DEN for SURE! I've never had a smooth approach into that airport. Usually bouncing all over the place. Reno, NV is pretty bad as well. All this due to the Rockies.

UAL747


User currently offlineMd11lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 8269 times:

Yes, definitely MIA and VIE. I ve experienced turbulent approaches chronically in those two. Also MIA has thunderstorms very often in the afternoons, delaying a lot of take offs and landings.

Md11Lover


User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 8240 times:

Always COS! Kinda hard not to get sick when flying in there..

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User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8189 times:

COS is probably because of the terrain in the area, and the wind and whatnot coming up off of them, and ATL might be because of the heat and humidity, because hot air is generally less stable than cool air.


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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2027 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8185 times:
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DEN, been in and out of there 4 times, all were the most turbulent approaches I've ever had.

User currently offlineLImamura From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8131 times:

NRT is usually very turbulent due to strong winds and bad weather, for that same reason SFO could be bad at times.

User currently offlineStewboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8092 times:

Fabulous Las Vegas, at least every time I go there. Don't really know why...

User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8055 times:

Stewboy, Vegas is a prime example, it is almost always hot, and has many mountains in the area, a perfect combination for turbulence. The hot air rising plus the wind coming up off the mountains create turbulence going into LAS.


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User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7944 times:

I´ve landed at ATL about 30 times during the last 4 years and I have never had a smooth approach. It´s always a bumpy ride and sometimes quite scary for many people. I once saw a Delta MD-11 coming from Rome that had to go around in the last moment due to bad allignment with the runway due to strong winds. Everyone onboard my aircraft (Delta 767-300ER just landed inbound from Madrid) thought that the MD-11´s right wing was going to hit the runway.
Anyway...even though they have always been bumpy approaches I have never had a problem.




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User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4121 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7910 times:

Barbados in the thunderstorms was horrible. But thats in thunder and doesn't happen very often there

-Stephen


User currently offlinePW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2455 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7840 times:

How about Wellington NZ:
http://airside.paradise.net.nz/video/CrashBangatWGTN.WMV

PW100



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User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7809 times:

How about Ushuaia, southern Argentine? When I was there in 1997 all day it was very very windy and I think there must some bigger turbulence in the air all the time.

User currently offlineMattg21iah From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 55 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7789 times:

After watching that movie PW100 posted, Wellington NZ gets my vote. I thought that last plane was going to snaps its landing gear it hit so hard.

User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7757 times:

DEN for sure! It's always turbulent, and always fun!

Alex.



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User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 900 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7656 times:

RNO - It seems like downwind and base for 16 L are directly (or very near) over a range of mountains. Can be bumpy, bumpy, bumpy.


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User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2387 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7628 times:

Altenrhein, Switzerland if Tyrolean ... sorry Austrian Errors Dash 8-400 pilots are trying to land  Wink/being sarcastic.


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User currently offlineDiezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7535 times:

Thanks for posting that link PW100. What a great video! Respect must go to those pilots landing those planes on the centerline (most of the times).



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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7493 times:

MDW has some pretty rough approaches.

FB05



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User currently offlineWorldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7392 times:

Recently flew into Venice Treviso with Ryanair.

Dived like a bomber after crossing the alps, and for about two thousand feet or so, things got VERY bumpy. Presumably this was the air spilling over the mountains but we were soon through it.

VERY rough on departure too.


User currently offlineBritman From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7218 times:

I have flown into MIA on 6 occasions, all late afternoons arrivals and have never encountered turbulence,maybe i was just fortunate.

User currently offlineGreenguy01 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7172 times:

I've always had bumpy rides into MDW especially in the winter when the winds are howling off Lake Michigan. One time I thought that the wing of the SWA 737-700 I was on was 1) Going to crack from the extremely hard landing and 2) Going to scrape the runway from the sudden gust of wind we experienced. Add this to the buildings nearby and short runway, it made for an interesting ride!


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User currently offlineFlyABR From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 650 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7093 times:

not that i fly alot but DEN is definitely the bumpest on average of the airports i've flown into. however, it seems like airports that are very busy (ATL, ORD...etc) are almost always bumpy do to sooo many aircraft taking off and landing in such a short amount of time. must be leaving little vortices behind or something...

25 Irishpower : Great video PW100. I've landed at Wellington in bad weather--only time I have ever been scared in a plane!!!!!
26 Triley1057 : LAS and IAH seem to often have turbulent approaches. I have to admit though that I love turbulent approaches. It is more of a flying experience I thin
27 Artsyman : HKG is chronically turbulent on approach. Every time the last 10 min is pretty heavy chop. Jeremy
28 NWA742 : One time I thought that the wing of the SWA 737-700 I was on was 1) Going to crack from the extremely hard landing I get those perceptions too. Kinda
29 Ted747 : Have heard many people (inlc. pilots) that Wellington (after closure of Kai Tak) is now considered the most dangerous airport in the world with severe
30 Psa53 : Ditto! Take-offs and landings. Den.
31 Triley1057 : I've had some very turbulent approaches to various Greek islands. Samos in particular. Last time I was there I got an extra night on the island becaus
32 Amhilde : RNO is honestly horrible, and as my home airport, im constantly subjected to the bouncing around you get going in or out of the airport. really bad i
33 Meister808 : Anyone seen the Alaska Airlines video of landing practice? I believe it was at Sitka, and they were using a 732. Any of you UND people out there who a
34 DeltaRules : I've flown into DCA 3 or 4 times & it was really rough each of those times...the first was in 1995, but it was a crappy day. The other times were clea
35 Post contains images Eham : flew LGW's runway 26 approaches several times and it was always quite bumpy, no problem for me I like some turbulence on finals....
36 JBLUA320 : FLL is never smooth once you get below 8,000 feet. Usually though, climbouts are smooth as silk. MSP was also very bumpy all the way down. Surprisingl
37 Boeing767-300 : In 1968 when the then National Airways Corporation (To Air New Zealand 1978-9) were getting their first 737-200 in late 1968 rumour has it that when a
38 Motorhussy : PW100 Hey, I live in Wellington and I've always thought it was and is the most rough and ready port to fly in and out of. I fly regularly for work and
39 Jtamu97 : Utila Honduras. A tiny little island with a very short strip. The winds are normally pretty strong and compounding a short field landing configuration
40 Alitalia744 : I'm gonna go out on a limb but say every damn time I land at EWR - Newark Liberty, it's bumpy as hell on approach. -G
41 Jamesag96 : Can't get that durn link to work.... J
42 N6376m : I've flown in and out of ATL at least 100 times in the last three years and can hardly remember a turbulent approach. I do remember that a couple year
43 William : BWI-The approach from the south over the bay. In the summer time the approach in over the warm water can be a doozy.
44 Mandala499 : Genoa is a bad one I heard... Mountains on one side, sea on the other... with winds going everywhere... In high winds, it's quite a handful... Anywher
45 LHflyer : LPA Las Palmas on Gran Canaria island also has usually a very turbulent approach with heavy winds at nearly all times of the day, especially in the mo
46 777guy : I cannot believe that ABQ has not been mentioned here. It sits in a valley and surrounded by mountains so I am sure that is why the winds kick up so
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