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Wingspan And Turbulence

Fri Jul 26, 2002 5:18 am

I was reading another post and came upon an interesting comment: that the short wingspan of the Concorde causes it to react differently in turbulence than other aircraft. What does this mean when you are flying "regular" aircraft? Does this mean, for example, that turbulence will be more severe to the pax in an A330 than it would in a 767 (longer wingspan)? How would it affect the actual experience of a rider in the cabin?
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RE: Wingspan And Turbulence

Fri Jul 26, 2002 6:09 am

Actually, it is the wing loading that dictates how susceptible an airplane is to turbulence. Wing loading is the weight of the airplane divided by the wing area and in British units is measured in pounds per square foot. The higher the wing loading, the less susceptible the airplane is to turbulence. Wing span may also have some effect, because airliners are built with some flex in the wing and that flexing can also alleviate some of the jostling you can get from turbulence.
The Concorde has a much higher wing loading than any other airliner, so it is the least susceptible to turbulence.