Oznznut From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 153 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1391 times:
Folks who have read some of my posts know that I am a terrified flyer. I fly now only when I really HAVE to. However, this Sunday I'm going to NZ for vacation!! That is, if I can manage the fear enough to get on the airplane. I wonder if anyone knows of a site that shows the weather to be expected enroute LAX-AKL Sunday night.
Nzrich From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 1488 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1357 times:
I used to fly that route every week for 5 years basically ..On the whole its usually very good can get the odd bit of turbulance but nothing that should put you off flying that route compared to most other routes.. Its usually pretty smooth most of the way....Coming from a crew member for Air NZ just let the cabin crew know and request a seat as close to the front of the aircraft as possible..The crew on NZ are very good and where possible try to look after people who are afraid of flying ....
Take care and enjoy your holiday in New Zealand im sure you will have a great time and if you take any domestic jet services i may see you on board ...
I'm sorry to hear that the fear of flying has taken over you. Once it's in you, it's tough to get out.
Anyways, here's how I always view my flights: there is going to be turbulence. Every flight that I go on, I always say to myself that there will be turbulence on this flight, and more times than not there is NO turbulence. You see, the trick is that if you can anticipate turbulence, you wont be so caught of guard and as a result you will feel more "in control", so to speak.
So, Im sure you're flight will be perfectly fine (according to the wx forecast), but you should definately anticipate turbulence. Dont go into a flight like "this flight will be so darn smooth, and there wont be one bump". That's when people start panicking!
Hope this helps.
"If it aint boeing, it aint going!", "Friends are like condoms...they protect you when things get hard!"
Zkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4739 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1250 times:
Quoting Oznznut (Reply 4): Nzrich
Thanks for the kind words and info. I will actually be continuing on to CHC to pick up a rented motorhome to go exploring.
You will probably experience more turbulence on this short flight than you will on the whole LAX-AKL flight... but it is usually light and no problem.
The centre of the plane is the best place for turbulance as it moves around the least... the nose and the tail tend to pitch up and down more...
31-34H will probably be the best seats for you on NZ 744 as it is aisle seats, near the middle, close to the FSM station. 31H is an exit row seat but is close to the galley. 31-34C is also quite good.