Mia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1806 times:
ok this morning I departed FLL on a B6 flight to JFK. Immediately after we got off the ground, we took a pretty sharp turn south (obviously New York is North). There was some pretty bad weather in the area I assume we were trying to avoid it? This has never happened to me before and I was actually a little nervous. Was my assumption correct? Thanks.
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5036 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1764 times:
Most likely that was it.
I was on a flight out of FLL couple years ago and there were storms offshore so the pilot made a sharp LEFT turn immediately after takeoff. When I say immediately I mean before clearing the end of the runway! We were headed north over US-1 (Federal Hwy) when usually they fly rwy hdg for a couple miles then turn.
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
Mia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1485 times:
Thanks for the answers. It wasn't that immediate where we were going to hit the cranes or smokestacks (which would have been a turn north anways) but I just found it very odd that we were going to Miami. But then he [the pilot] made a westerly turn and a few minutes later north which was relieving...Its funny because sometimes for a quick flight in FS I take off from 9L at FLL and head to MIA...the pilot seemed to have imitated my mock flights! But yes, the storms were bad and the weather all along the coast was just the same. A few nice drops off the coast of NC...
Fsuwxman From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 439 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 1446 times:
IT was interesting at MIA yesterday... Storms seemed to be sitting over Miami Beach, and they were taking off on 9L and making sharp turns to the north right over Hialeah. It was impressive seeing a DL 764 going right over my head on the Airport Expressway turning north.
B747Skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 1434 times:
For storm avoidance, be aware that when pilots line up on a runway, using the radar, they can scan the skies ahead of them, and request a turn to avoid the clouds in coordination with ATC departure control... another thing, ATC do not "see" clouds and bad weather, airplanes do, so controllers rely on info or requests from pilots regarding storm avoidance, such as saying "123 requesting immediate turn to the south after takeoff to avoid charlie bravo", the answer may be "123, cleared for takeoff, left turn approved heading 180, climb to maintain 3,000, contact departure 123.4"...