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User currently offlinePlaneboy From India, joined May 2005, 199 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

Hello flight trip enthusiasts-

This is my first post in this particular forum so please bare with me. On May 15, 1999 - my wife and I flew from Pittsburgh, PA to JFK on a TWA Jetstream 41. We were both a little nervous, having never flown on this type plane. Only 12 on this flight and the flight attendant made a few people move to balance the weight. This flight was a little rough but not too bad. We landed at JFK - bounced maybe once - and then made it into the terminal.

We stepped off the plane and walked to the left - to the Aer Lingus Terminal. We had a few hours to burn so we wondered about a bit - took a few pics - drank a few beers and then boarded an Aer Lingus A330.

This flight took off on schedule - around 7:20 pm. We flew coach - but after the little plane we flew from PIT - we could not complain !! This plane was huge after flying on that little JS41...

We sat in bulkhead seating which was very roomy. Landed in Dublin after about a 6 and a half hour flight. We stayed in Ireland for 10 nights and flew back from Dublin to JFK. (Great time we had in Ireland - We saw Bruce Springsteen perform at the RDS our last night there)

Anyway, we show up at the airport on our last day and fly back home on that nice, big Aer Lingus A330 - but this time we do not sit in the front row of coach - and this is bad for me because I am very tall.. Oh well- we make the best of the situation on this flight. The flight home is a little bumpy and takes a little longer since we are flying into the wind. Still - a nice flight.

We arrive into JFK. Three hour wait till we board the little plane to PIT. No problem - we walk around and have a little food and drink. All is well, as we look at each other and wonder how fast the last ten days have passed...

Time to fly to Pittsburgh - we board the little TWA Express JS41. This time it is filled to the maximum. After flying across the Atlantic on the big widebody I am a little bit nervous about this little plane. We hold for a good while because of traffic and finally take off. I have to tell you - we did not encounter any turbulence at all. New York City to Pittsburgh in this little 30 seat prop was the smoothest flight I ever had in my life.

We land smooth - no bounce - walk into the terminal and out to our car. We got home late at nite - our sons were sleeping - but our black lab was very excited to see us !!

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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 4190 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2008 times:

My smoothest flight ever was also on a turboprop.

It was an ASA EMB-120 from ATL-GPT in June 1998. No bumps at all, on about a 2 hr. flight. I was afraid about going through turbulence on a turboprop, because of the small size of the plane, which might have made it seem worse! No problems,though!

Coming back, we flew into a developing thunderstorm. This flight answered my question-flying through the turbulence on a turboprop wasn't really that bad.


Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
User currently offlineMadmax From United States of America, joined May 2000, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

Turboprops fly much lower than jets and much much slower, and the wind is not as strong at those lower altitudes... resulting in less resistence from the aircraft and therefore a smoother flight.

User currently offlineHigh_flyr69 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

very weirdly my smoothest flight was on a PA-44 seminole great aircraft that look it up VH-NCE

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User currently offlineCx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1889 times:

Well, same here. My smoothest flight (cruise sector, that is) was last Tuesday from HMO to TUS on a Saab 340 of Aerolitoral. Climb and final approach were very bumpy, though, but I was expecting the little plane to bounce all over during cruise (there was some wind), but we cruised smoothly without so much as a single bump at 20,000 feet. I figure Madmax is right, the higher they go, the rougher winds are, so there is more resistance.

User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1843 times:


Nice report you wrote, but I also would like to leave my experience with smooth flights. I had in the past some pretty ones but the best one was last summer on the 27th. July 2001 from PHL to LHR with BA. We flew a very young 747-400 - G-BYGG - Rendez-Vous tail. The flight was really great all over the Atlantic but what really impressed me was the landing..... it was like a feather..... so soft that everybody inside the plane just aplaused that fact. And as a great finale the weather in LHR was like in my country - Bright sunshine, blue sky, warm temperature - and I could see that the english that day where extremely happy. Now can somebody argue that the sun put hi your spirit? I believe not!!!

User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1767 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

When I fly a turboprop I hope to get as much turbulence as possible. The best was an approach to SYD on a Kendell Saab 340 a couple of years ago. There were people in the cabin screaming. I must admit I was holding very firmly onto my armrests, but boy it was fun! The adrenalin rush is incredible...

User currently offlineCx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1770 times:

I don't know if anyone agrees with me, but for some reason turbulence in a turboprop, even though it feels harder, felt better than turbulence in a jet. Anyone feels the same or am I just crazy?

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