KAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 34 Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1498 times:
It just depends, it's not any bumpier than any other airport in my experience. Last week when I flew into EWR from RDU it was so smooth I thought I was back in the simulator, winds completely calm, visual approach to 22L and a total greaser. If the wind is blowing at 15-20 knots like it is most of the time during winter, then yes, it will be bumpy.
STL30L From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 30 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1339 times:
In my experience, EWR arrivals are rougher than most other airports. EWR does tend to have strong and gusty winds. I have flown AA to/from EWR close to 100 times and have had many rough approaches. EWR is the only airport I have flown into where there have been other passengers getting airsick while landing (more than one flight with this).
Loggat From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 665 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1309 times:
I was hand flying an ILS to 22R with a sidestep to 22L last week with surface winds reported as calm. Not a cloud in the sky. This was about the 3rd or 4th day in a row of light winds and clear blue skies (and warmer than usual temps). The 737 landing ahead of us reported a gain of 20kts at 500' on approach. I was deliberately staying a half dot high on the glideslope to not hit his wake. Even still, it was bumpy all the way out from about 20 miles NW of EWR, all the way to touchdown (surface winds calm???). I know that a lot of it has to do with the topography with heat radiation thermals, especially as the day goes on. I think you'll find that earlier in the day, approaches are smoother, and the mid to late afternoon is the worst for turbulence. Also, at EWR, you have many industrial plants that give off steam/waste heat/other pollutants that indirectly create turbulence.
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Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 6988 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1257 times:
Now where you said it, all three times I landed in EWR it was a bumpy ride while the approaches in JFK were mostly smoother. I didn´t make my mind on this before but your explinations seem to be quite reasonable.
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong