SuseJ772
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Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Fri Jan 27, 2006 11:27 pm

Hey all -

I am taking a flight on Thursday from LAX-SYD (first time to Australia!!!). I have heard that turbulence in the pacific can be a tricky thing (especially heading towards Japan), but I was wondering what patterns of turbulence are like over the Pacific this time of year?
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cx777fan
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Fri Jan 27, 2006 11:40 pm

Firstly, I'd be most worried if the captain of your flight took you anywhere near Japan!  Smile

I once experienced pretty severe turbulence flying QF SYD-LAX in December. It was about 2 or 3 hours out of LAX and the pilot took us up to 41 000 feet and back down to 29 000 to try and find some clear air...but we just had to ride it out. I'm not a meteorologist, so I don't know what areas of the Pacific are particularly susceptible in Feb or whether it's a worse time than any other. I do know that it's cyclone season in northern Australia, so I guess the same goes for other tropical/equatorial areas in the western Pacific.
 
Glasgow
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:12 am

I flew SYD-KUL last January and we encountered a tropical storm close to Darwin. We didn't feel any sort of turbulence. Perhaps we were just lucky!!
 
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:25 am

I flew Auckland to LAX a few years back and we encountered a storm about 2 hours after take off and had severe turbulence. We made a landing in Nadi, Fiji for the night because of how bad the turbulence was. So there is nothing to worry about if you encounter terrible turbulence.
 
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:28 am

There is a lot of mid ocean air turbulence. I have spoken with some flight attendants that fly between the United States and New Zealand on a regular basis, and they say that usually during some point in the flight there is a quite a bit of turbulence that either interrupts the service or keeps the seat belt sign on for hours. It is more just constant jolts that make it difficult to understand. It isn't the type that really freaks people out though. It is more like a rough ocean voyage.

Expect some bumps. It is normal and your pilots will try to avoid it, but often times there is nothing that can be done other than flying right through it.
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:41 am

I have flown OZ-US 3 times in the last past few years first 2 flights were great but the last one was very bumpy and included a massive thunderstorm somewhere over the Pacific, unsure where, I was on UA and they don't have PTV's and to reiterate what RoseFlyer said yes it is not unusual for the seat belt sign to be on for long periods (unfortunately it was during the 'new' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory biggest load of crap I have ever seen). That flight was in November, I am also no meteorologist but I would say that it would depend on the weather conditions on the exact day that you fly.
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:51 am

I have never flown SYD-USA but two summers ago I did fly Tokyo-Newark and about two hours after take off flying over the South China sea and then later over the pacific we did hit some bad turbulence that forced the meal service to stop and everyone got pretty frightened. Needless, to say, I just sat and tried to relax by watching pinnochio on the PTV haha. On the way to Tokyo, however, I don't remember experience very rough air at all. I guess it is just hit or miss, maybe you will be lucky.
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:13 am

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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:50 pm

You can get an idea of the weather for the Pacific Ocean by referencing an international aviation weather chart. The US National Weather Service has World Area Forecast System (WAFS) Significant Weather charts available online for the basically the whole world. For the Pacific region you can click here.

These charts show areas of significant weather which include tropical storms, areas of thunderstorms, areas of moderate to severe turbulence, and upper level winds. The dashed areas are areas of turbulence and show the altitude they are for (given in 3 digit flight levels). The chart also has enclosed areas of cumulonimbus clouds which are often associated with or can develop into thunderstorms (and as the legend says you can expect turbulence in these clouds).

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AC787
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 3:45 pm

Just hope it doesnt get bad enough that your plane ends up going down on an island that can't be found by the outside world and has lots of creepy things going on in it.  Smile
 
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 3:47 pm

Susej772

I have flown SYD LAX SYD so many times I have stopped counting.
My Last LAX SYD in September was great ... the best ever

I have one flight diver to Nadi (FIJI) one flight were crewed suspended service and were seated for about 2 hours, another were turbulence existed right at the coffee stage of the meal service - resulting in everyone being seated, another where it was okay - another where it was moderate turbulence the whole way....

Its always pot luck on the day .... the only good thing is that the night time ex LAX to SYD usually departs after UAs flight to SYD so they track on a similar course and can give the QF crews updates via ATC.... this means the QF crews are ready for whatever happens !

Always keep your seatbelt fastened OVER YOUR BLANKET on ANY FLIGHT !
For your own safety

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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 4:13 pm

I think in general it really depends.... I've flown around the same dates for ages and sometimes the flights are very smooth, and sometimes they're super rough (like this past New Year's). Just have to have good luck, but for a flight this long you're bound to get something.
 
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 4:52 pm

For me is it "OK" with turbulence during daylight. But over a large sea, in the night, UGH!  worried 
 
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sat Jan 28, 2006 5:21 pm

I remember my trip to SYD from YYZ via HNL we had no turbulence so it was a smooth ride all the way there and all the way back. It was few years ago on AC 767-300ER.

Quoting CX777Fan (Reply 1):
Firstly, I'd be most worried if the captain of your flight took you anywhere near Japan!

I hope your pilot doesn't take a long detour to or near Japan before heading south to SYD. Just for the sake of a joke. Can you imagine your captain forgot he's suppose to be flying to SYD but ends up near Japan.  airplane   Smile
 
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sun Jan 29, 2006 4:36 am

I flew from Tokyo to IAH a few weeks ago and a few hours out over the water we ran into some moderate turbulence... gotta say i loved it though and the guy next to me was clawing the seat in front of him... I'm guessing it is normal to run into turbulence in this area???

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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Sun Jan 29, 2006 4:54 am

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 14):
I'm guessing it is normal to run into turbulence in this area???

The north Pacific is known for its storms and turbulence especially in winter.

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SuseJ772
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RE: Turbulence LAX-SYD In Feb

Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:18 am

Quoting CX777Fan (Reply 1):
Firstly, I'd be most worried if the captain of your flight took you anywhere near Japan!  

No, no. I understand that. I was just saying I heard that the route towards Japan can be bad, and was wondering how the route to SYD was.

Quoting Pilottim747 (Reply 8):
The US National Weather Service has World Area Forecast System (WAFS) Significant Weather charts available online for the basically the whole world. For the Pacific region you can click here.

Thanks, I love this stuff.

Quoting AC787 (Reply 9):
Just hope it doesnt get bad enough that your plane ends up going down on an island that can't be found by the outside world and has lots of creepy things going on in it.  

Yeah tell me about it. I almost downloaded all the "Lost" episodes to my iPod for the trip, but my iPod was stolen a week ago. I have sort of a sick sense of humor when I fly I guess. I usually buy a John Nance novel to read while flying on long flights. Nothing like "Airplane Thriller" books while flying.
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