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Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:59 am

I'm wondering what peoples longest bout with turbulence has been.

Mine was last summer, ORD > NRT. I think it was because of Katrina but we were tossed around for a good portion of the flight. I think at least 1 hour of continuous bumpiness, and the seat belt signs almost burned out from being on so long

edit: sorry  Sad I just noticed this thread: Longest Flight With Heavy Turbulence? (by Bofredrik Jul 1 2006 in Aviation Polls & Prefs)

[Edited 2006-09-05 04:02:14]
 
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:56 pm

Since the other threads are archieved I guess we can continue here.

I flew TG from BKK to NRT then onto LAX. The flight from BKK to NRT was fine, but the flight across the Pacific was turbulent. Probably light to slightly moderate from a pilot's point of view. The seat belt sign was on the whole time and the Captain stated that the rough air was due to strong tailwinds. That was great since the flight on the 744 was only 8.5 hours.

I once flew from ABQ to STL to JFK and onto CDG on TWA. The domestic sector was on a 767 and was really turbulent due to the jetstream. But like the Thai flight it meant very short segments on the 767-200. The flight from JFK to CDG (flight number 800 by the way) was only 5 hours and 45 minutes on the 747-100 and unlike the other ones was extremely smooth.

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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:14 am

If you want to experience horrific turbulence try flying over the pacific in the winter. NRT to LAX for me, from takeoff until about North of Hawaii there was continuous turbulence. They stopped playing the 2nd movie because it was getting too bumpy.
 
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:12 am

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 2):
If you want to experience horrific turbulence try flying over the pacific in the winter. NRT to LAX for me, from takeoff until about North of Hawaii there was continuous turbulence.

Agreed. On a night flight last Christmas (2005) from HNL-IAH, I experienced continuous turbulence until the aircraft was well into California.
 
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:43 pm

Longest was about 30 minutes while flying NZ from MEL-AKL last October in an A320. The aircraft shaking and jolting very nicly, so nice that it made some passengers cry
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:03 pm

fr 732 stn - pik 1999 . turbulance all of the flight!
 
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:28 pm

For me, MIA-CDG with AF A340, in April, 10 years ago.Awful.
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:08 pm

One Flight from AKL to LAX several year I took has absolutely dreadful
 
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:49 am

Nov, 2004 I flew LH IAD-FRA. It got very rough on the climb out of IAD and remained so for about 4 hrs. 15 min. During the entire time the FAs were in their seats with the seat belts on. It was a 747 and it was a nasty, nasty ride.
As we were approaching FRA the FAs were still picking up the dinner dishes as they were so late in serving dinner. Upon arrival in FRA I heard that an AA flight JFK-LHR took off that same night and returned to JFK due to injuries from the turbulence. I was not at all surprised when I heard that.

Prior to that experience was a TW flight in April, 1985 from STL to ABQ. The turbulence was even a bit worse than the LH flight. Perhaps it was because it was a smaller aircraft, a 727, if I remember correctly. However, for a bit over an hour it was nasty and wild. As we passed over AMA things greatly improved.That was so bad that a very, very brief time I was reluctant to fly but I still flew anyway.
 
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:06 am

The worst turbulence ride for me was last winter, ARN-BKK on TGs 744. On those 10h 30m hours of flight at least 4h was clear air turbulence bumbing and screaming from pax especilly kids (don´t blame them)
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:11 pm

BNE-MEL in 2001

A good portion of the QF 767 Flt was bumpy. With the captain coming on every now and then saying sorry, and she was going thru all different flight levels to try and clear it.
Of course, it did clear, 5 minites before we had to go into it again to land lol.

She did get a clap on landing lol
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Fri Sep 08, 2006 4:34 pm

Longest was LAS to DTW non stop on HP. A few people got oxygen because of hyper ventalating and everything. Not a fun flight
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:05 am

For me, it was this summer on a BA B772ER between ORD and LHR. When I fell asleep after 3 hours of flight, the seat belt sign was still on and it had been turbulent since take off. The crew had to serve the dinner anyway and it was quite a challenge to eat and especially to drink. I'm still impressed by myself that I didn't spill my red wine all over my pants  Smile
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:18 am

My worst experience with turbulence was in the C-172 that I rent. I was doing one of my solo cross countries, and part of the thing about training in the Northeast US is getting used to crosswind landings and turbulence. I was flying from BAF-MVY-HPN-BAF a 3.5-4 hour flight without stopping, and I was experiencing constant moderate turbulence with surface winds ranging from 15-25 kts making the landings difficult. Turbulence doesn't bother me in  vomit  that way making me a good Cessna pilot according to my CFII.

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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:19 pm

For me, in 1996 from ORD to SFO on an old UA DC10-10. It was a stormy evening and the turbulence lasted pretty much the whole flight.

I should however think myself lucky as we should've been flying AA on a 763 but that flight was cancelled .... just one more flight on a DC10 to add to the list!  biggrin 
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Sat Sep 16, 2006 1:11 am

With PA JFK-ZRH, lasted about an hour but man we just got our meal and once everything was back to normal food and drinks all over the place, I never seen so many people using "the" bag.......  Wink

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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:39 am

LAST NIGHT!!!

no joke AS flight 113. Depart SEA @ 9:05pm Arrive FAI at 12:30am ISH

Yeah...from take off to touch down...nothing but bumps... sort of was upsetting as I wanted to get a little sleep, But, whatever...maybe it'll be better monday night...
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Sun Sep 24, 2006 7:33 am

The worst for me was on an AC flight from YYZ-HAV (A319). There was turbulence (with the seatbelt sign on) all the way from takeoff until we cleared Florida. It wasn't too bad most of the time, but there were parts that were extremely rough. The FA's were up part of the time, and started meal service, but over Carolina it got so bad that they were seated for almost an hour. I was the very last person to get a meal until the FA's got up again! Of course, it took me a long time to eat it, because I kept having to pick up the tray, so I didn't wear my bean salad...
 
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:37 pm

For me it was crossing the pond with BA on the PHL-LHR 744 we hit turbulance over Newfoundland which lasted for the next 2 hours. Another was piloting my rented C172 from KSAF(Snata Fe,NM) to Pagosa springs,CO. non-stop for the entire flight.
 
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Mon Sep 25, 2006 3:30 pm

The worst flight that i have ever had was on a TACA airlines from Guatemala to New York. This flight was about8 hours and the whole flight from take off to landing was so bumpy i mean that we did not even get served any meals or anything the whole flight the Flight Attendents had to be seated. This was about maybe 3 years ago when there was a hurricane forming out of the coast of florida and there were thunderstoms all over the east coast. That was by far the worst flight for me, and the longest with turbulence.
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:43 am

For me it would be JFK-FCO last January. From just after takeoff until we crossed over Spain the entire flight was bumpy, it would calm down for a while and then suddenly you'de be shaken around again for ages. We still had the full meal service etc.., but there was certainly no need to ask for a coffee stirer!

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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:14 am

on a US 757 doing PHL-FLL. We had a VERY bumpy takeoff from a rainy PHL. And for some reason, our cruising altitude was only FL290. We were in clouds almost the whole way getting bumped around.

Another time was on metrojet FLL-BWI. there was a thunderstorm over the airport. We did 3 go arounds, all during pouring rain and frequent lightning. On the 4th try, we landed with a stiff crosswind. scary, but fun.
 
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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:46 am

There's nothing wrong with a spot of turbulence. When I say spot, I mean a lot  Smile

More fun on smaller planes, since the turbulence on big planes tends to be a bit sedated.

I don't remember what is my longest time in turbulence but it was less than an hours of constant 'I have to hold myself with both arms down yet I'm wearing the seatbelt' type of turbulence.

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RE: Your Longest Bout With Turbulence

Wed Sep 27, 2006 2:00 am

"Frying" from BKK to NRT around the edges a tempestuous typhoon (or as they say in Chinese "TAI FENG", essentially "BIG WIND")

The JAL FA's were strapped into their jump seats before me, knuckles of their slight, pale fingers turning phosphorescent white while minute crimps in their mask-like Japanese expressions may have belied the fact that they too were having heart palpitations. I wasn't sure then if I had been checked onto a NOAA flight or regular commercial and for me, a courier flight that I had saved all my teacherly clams for: a short jaunt from BOS to BKK to HKG and from SZX to PEK and back to BOS.

I'm a bit of a nervous passenger just because I am not in control of the rudder, airspeed and aerilons but I didn't inquire about how one actually flies around the edges of a typhoon. I just visualized the pilot in the cockpit with a lasso around the nosecone, trying to tame a very hyperactive, unbroken bronco like some Japanese John Wayne.

We landed safely in Narita but my friend blamed the "weather" for missing our stopover meeting me at Narita. (Wary of this Greek bearing gifts I guess).

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