|Quoting TonyBurr (Reply 1):
A friend flew LAX - LHR and said for four hours there was major turbulence and they brought out the old barf bags which were well used.
|Quoting JFKPurser (Reply 11):|
Worked JFK-LHR last night on AA122 and 2.5 hours before landing it was extremely choppy for about 30 minutes. We landed at LHR in 75 mph gusts.
|Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 12):|
BTW, what is typically the bumpiest time of the year to fly over the Atlantic?
|Quoting 747fan (Reply 17):|
Generally from around this time of year until the spring, when the jetstream is farther south, which results in much stronger tailwinds/headwinds. Not to mention that it seems like there are more storm systems over the North Atlantic during the winter, which I believe was largely responsible for many very choppy transatlantic crossings lately. I had a relatively choppy flight (nothing bad, just some moderate chop/light turbulence) across the Atlantic last year during the middle of October, however, soone could have a bumpy crossing any time of the year.
|Quoting Imberry (Reply 19):|
does it depend on where you are sitting in the airplane? I was over the wing.
|Quoting Mcny (Reply 21):|
Tail winds were over 200mph the entire time and I was amazed to see that at what point during the night we were flying at over 1,140 km/h, which is more or less 710mph...only 60mph from speed of sound! I had no idea that either they could fly that fast, or that they even would let it fly that fast.
|Quoting Seabosdca (Reply 25):|
Any fuel stops westbound in the last few days? With stories of 200mph winds aloft and 5:45 TATL flight times, you'd expect so...
|Quoting Mcny (Reply 21):|
I had no idea that either they could fly that fast, or that they even would let it fly that fast.
|Quoting Georgebush (Reply 26):|
I heard on channel 9 they ordered us to go around and captain said no can do, so we had to duck over to 22R real fast. I asked the captain what happened after the flight and he said we "glided in on fumes."
|Quoting Threepoint (Reply 28):|
A fuel emergency is certainly considered one, but if that were indeed the case, your captain will have a lot of explaining to do to a great many people. Ask him next time to define 'fumes'. I'll bet your flight could have flown over an hour on those vapours. Legally, it had to.
|Quoting Georgebush (Reply 29):|
It was either quite close, or a good charade by United.
|Quoting Threepoint (Reply 30):|
If they didn't and events transpired as you suggest, I imagine there may be a couple of pilot vacancies at UA soon.
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