Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 21488 posts, RR: 24 Posted (10 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3228 times:
Noted the following item in the Transport Canada daily occurrence reports for June 29 involving a 727-200 freighter. How frequently is wake turbulence encountered at cruising altitudes?
Kelowna Flightcraft Boeing 727-200 (C-GQKF) operating as KFA 272 was en route from Edmonton, AB to Hamilton, ON at FL 350. While in the vicinity of Winnipeg, MB the flight passed a Boeing 747 travelling in the opposite direction at 1000 feet above. Shortly afterward C-GQKF began to shake from what was described as extreme wake turbulence. The PIC then disengaged the autopilot and the aircraft rolled to the right and descended approximately 300 feet, at which point the PIC regained control and climbed back to the assigned altitude. The flight then continued to Hamilton without further incident.
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4722 posts, RR: 25 Reply 1, posted (10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3197 times:
I believe there is some turbulence caused by the wing in flight. If you ever get a few thousand feet below while following the same flight track from another aircraft a few miles ahead you will experience the wake from the other airplane. If can be quite annoying if both are at the same speed for hours, a nice little washboard affect from what I remember.
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26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 666 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 months 4 days ago) and read 2916 times:
The advent of super accurate GPS navigation and RVSM 1000' vertical separation has increased enroute wake turbulence encounters.
On oceanic tracks where there is no radar separation and several aircraft may be flying along an identical track at different altitudes it is permitted to fly an offset track up to 2nm without an ATC clearance to avoid the wake. An upwind offset is preferred.
In the old days when we used VLF Omega for oceanic nav everyone was slightly off course and staggered to one side or another which helped to avoid the wake. Not any more.
tb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1375 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2707 times:
Wake has a distinct feel to it to when you hit it at altitude compared to turbulence. It's usually easier to tell when it's mostly smooth and you hit the path at more of a perpendicular angle. Just a quick dip and bump then back to nothing.
deaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1418 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
Had a very interesting incident last year, we were flying from BKK to DEL on a CX 343 and on the way, all of a sudden the aircraft encountered moderate turbulence and a strong jolt was felt. I must admit it was a bit scary, after which the Captain came on the PA and mentioned that the jolt was caused by a 747 crossing us 1000 above after which the wake "fell down on us".
It was rather interesting.
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vikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 8220 posts, RR: 28 Reply 7, posted (10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2417 times:
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Quoting deaphen (Reply 6): I must admit it was a bit scary, after which the Captain came on the PA and mentioned that the jolt was caused by a 747 crossing us 1000 above after which the wake "fell down on us".
That's generally what wake turbulence will do. The vortices are each caught in the downwash of the other vortex. So the vortex from the left wingtip is pushing down on the vortex from the right wingtip, and vice versa.
Traveling across wake turbulence shouldn't be as big a deal, as you'll be across it before you know you hit it. In the report posted by the OP, since the 747 was traveling directly opposite the 727, the 727 was probably caught in the wake for a much longer period of time, as it (the wake) descended behind the 747.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of going to the In'n'Out by LAX, and hearing the whiplash sound of the vortices a few seconds after an airplane passes.
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