MD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1351 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3250 times:
Oh man, the turbulence has gotten so bad lately (as winter is here). And the solar flare activity is irradiating us so badly since the ozone layer has thinned. Flying the North Atlantic has gotten very dangerous because of the global warming. Flight crews have taken to wearing liitle hats made of tin foil. I think the airlines should pass them out to everyone, not just the pilots. That helps reduce the radiation hazard, but doesn't help the turbulence. Whatever you do, DO NOT read Crichton.
Dartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 646 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3173 times:
Wow -- legitimate question and such sarcastic comments.
Bigginhill -- Excellent question. I'm not in the industry, but from experience, my answer is "YES". I've flown trans-atlantic and trans-continental with very minimal turbulence. I've also wondered what time of year is better and worse for turbulence and would love to hear an experts response.
As for global warming -- can't imagine it has an impact on turbulence, but would love to hear a differing opinion based on some sort of scientific evidence or theory.
PlaneDane From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3030 times:
Quoting Bigginhill (Thread starter): Is it possible to fly across the Atlantic or cross USA without experiencing turbulence?
When the B787 goes into service, you'll get some relief from turbulence. The unique flight characteristics and the higher cruise altitude will go a long way toward alleviating much of the effects of turbulent air.
CosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2268 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2992 times:
One contributing factor is just that the jet stream is further south in winter and further north in summer. There's often turbulence associated with flying in and near the jetstream. Wx patterns in general cause a little turb too.
Jumppilot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
I don't know anything about Atlantic crossings but in my experience I've had quite a few late summer/early fall flights across the south,west,and midwest with no turbulance at all.....take-off to landing! Most take place at night because the overall atmospheric heat exchanging is low though mountain waves are always existing somewhere. We've rode mountain waves as far east as Omaha! CAT (clear air turbulence) is always a threat, I still don't know what causes that.