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Flying Without Turbulence?  
User currently offlineBigginhill From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 32 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2867 times:

Is it possible to fly across the Atlantic or cross USA without experiencing turbulence?
Is this just going to become more common with global warming?

What months are best to avoid turbulence?

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User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2826 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.

User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2749 times:
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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.


User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2679 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2739 times:

I do not understand your answers, sorry


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User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

Quoting Bigginhill (Thread starter):
What months are best to avoid turbulence?

the hurricane season delivers some leftover CB's crossing the atlantic,
so in fact, in theory the summer months can be heavier.

You can check the NOAA website before you're departure,
there are high altitude turbulence charts where you can check what to expect!

http://aviationweather.gov/products/swh/

target=_blank>http://aviationweather.gov/products/turbulence/

[Edited 2005-12-08 00:08:43]

User currently offlineIAH744 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

you didnt experience any turbulence [above mach 1] on concrde

[Edited 2005-12-08 00:08:07]


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User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

That's because the Concorde flew so high. But the higher you go the more radation you are exposed to.

User currently offlinePlaneDane From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2606 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.

Quoting Bigginhill (Thread starter):
Is this just going to become more common with global warming?

Global warming seems to me, a theory in search of any tangible evidence and always coming up short.

[Edited 2005-12-08 01:03:52]

User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2568 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.

User currently offlineSymphonik From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2473 times:

Quoting MD88Captain (Reply 1):
Whatever you do, DO NOT read Crichton.

Yeah, wow. Airframe was wild. What was it? Uncommanded flaps deployment?

It was a riveting read, if a little sensational. I normally don't like Crichton, either.


User currently offlineJumppilot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2376 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.


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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4194 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2221 times:

Quoting Symphonik (Reply 9):
Yeah, wow. Airframe was wild. What was it? Uncommanded flaps deployment?

It was a riveting read, if a little sensational. I normally don't like Crichton, either.

That was overall a well techincally written novel... I remember it had to do with a poor guarding mechanism on the flap handle.

88Captain is referring to State of Fear... very very good read. The "DO NOT" was in sarcasm for those of you that can't figure out humor.  Smile



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