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Aircraft That Handles Turbulance Best?  
User currently offlineB777-777X From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

Not the B773. I just flew an SIA B773 from SIN to MNL
and it shook horribly during turbulance. I think the A330 handles it quite well. The A340 does too.

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User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3469 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 2627 times:

Generally, the larger the aircraft, the less the turblance.

User currently offlineFBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2606 times:

ALL Boeing planes have generally poor ride characteristics in turbulence,in fact,it's part of Boeing's design philosophy:In order to reduce fuel consumption,Boeing favours a yaw damper with fewer active inputs than most other airliners.This gives adequate yaw damping in most phases of flight but reduces comfort in turbulence.Generally,the longer the plane,the better the yaw characteristics.The 736 is notorious in this respect.
DC-9's,MD-80's and 90's have a much more actice yaw damper.This gives a better ride,but greater fuel consumption.

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User currently offlineVictor Hotel From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 305 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 2599 times:

I have been on an A330 during really heavy turbulance, but it was while on approach through a storm.

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2576 times:

I think the L-1011 handles turbulance the best, I should know I flew on an ATA L-1011-500 long range model from the UK to BWI. I noticed something on the wings that came up all the time when we were being bounced around to stabilize the aircraft

User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2567 times:

You mean the spoilers?

User currently offlinePanman From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Aug 1999, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

I have to agree with TEDSKI on this one. I have flown various different marquees of aircraft (742, A300/310, DC9, MD83/85, DC8, DH8-300, 732) and I have to say that the L1011 has given me the smoothest ride through turbulence. Sometimes you don't even feel it but look out the window and the ailerons and spoilers are flapping away.


User currently offlineStarship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

Canard equipped aircraft are known to handle turbulence better than any other. While none exist other than in private and corporate aviation, perhaps with the advent of aircraft such as the Boeing Sonic Cruiser, we will be in for a smoother ride in the future.

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User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

Well, if one aircraft shakes more than another, that ussually does NOT means it is worse at turbulence. Remember, that turbulences are different. So, you can't say that Cessna is better at turbulence than Boeing 747 because when you flyed, Cessna almost noot shaked, while 747 was on big turbulence.
There are 4 types of turbulence:

Easy (almost not shaking)
Medium (shaking)
Heavy (pilots have controls, but it shakes very much, sometimes everything goes down)
Extreme (pilots doesn't control much, ussually losing height)

User currently offlineRydawg82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 870 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

The parts of the wings that come up during turbulance would be the aliarons and spoilers....During flight the speed brakes and aliarons work in conjunction...Hence right alairon up / right speed brakes go up as well...You see this during the flight control tests on taxi to takeoff....

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User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

During flight the speed brakes and aliarons work in conjunction

I believe your actually talking about the spoilerons. These indeed do work in conjunction with the ailerons; however, the pilot has no exclusive controll over these. I'll try to find the link where this was discussed.

User currently offlinePOSITIVE RATE From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2418 times:

Interesting that many people mentioned the L1011 being good in turbulence. This particular airplane has(i think) a special system to alleviate turbulence- i think it's called gust alleviation or something and not only do the spoilers go up/down in flight but i think somehow the flaps or the ailerons become 'mini" elevators or something. Any L1011 pilots care to comment???

User currently offlineIvailo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Tu 154 handles turbulence very well and gives a very smooth ride, compared, for example to a B735 or a Tu134 !

User currently offlineEssentialPowr From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1820 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2365 times:


The B1 and TU144 both have canards...


User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2362 times:

The Triple Seven rides pretty well.

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User currently offlineB1C17L1011 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

The 727 handles the best in turbulence. Why, it has short broad wings and a gigantic tail. Of all the planes I have been on, the old 727 is still the smoothest.

User currently offlineA330 From Belgium, joined May 1999, 649 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

the handling in turbulence is related to the aspect ratio of the wings for a great part. The MD11 with a low aspect ratio is a nice behaving plane in Turbulence, wheras the B777 is known to be less comfortable.
Of course, the bigger, the better, but also not always, but I am tired and not in the mood for aerodynamics.

User currently offlineSouthernCRJ From Argentina, joined Sep 2001, 180 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2317 times:

The DC-10 handles very good in turbulence.

User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2289 times:

Boeing 747-400. Best there is, best there was, best there ever will be! I can confidently say that after flying
on the 747-400 for a estimated 240 hours in the past 2 and a half years! I have seen the 747 show its worth in the best of weather and the worst. worst like tropical storms in Hong Kong and Singapore! the machine is excelent!


User currently offlineTK From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2288 times:


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