FBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2120 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.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2090 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
Panman From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Aug 1999, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2060 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.
Starship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2056 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.
Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2009 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)
Heavy (pilots have controls, but it shakes very much, sometimes everything goes down)
Extreme (pilots doesn't control much, ussually losing height)
Rydawg82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 869 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1988 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....
You can take the pup out of Alaska, but you can't take the Alaska out of the pup.
SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1953 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.
POSITIVE RATE From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1932 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???
A330 From Belgium, joined May 1999, 649 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1846 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.
KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1803 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!