phxflyer
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How Bumpy Should These Flights Be?

Mon May 21, 2007 8:53 am

I'm a very anxious/nervous flier and I'm headed over to Europe for a 12-night cruise next week. I'm hoping that someone might be able to provide some insight about what to expect for the flights over the Atlantic and Europe. What's the weather typically like in these areas at this time of year? What kind of bumps can I expect? I'll be headed AUS-PHX-CLT-FRA-VCE and then BCN-FRA-CLT-IAD-AUS...

Thanks!
 
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RE: How Bumpy Should These Flights Be?

Mon May 21, 2007 8:58 am

well the weather changes and if you go to noaa.gov you should be able to find something. just expect a smooth ride without to much turbulance but on the long CLT-FRA expect a very small portion of it to be very bumpy.
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phxflyer
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RE: How Bumpy Should These Flights Be?

Mon May 21, 2007 9:25 am

Quoting Jamesjimlb (Reply 1):
on the long CLT-FRA expect a very small portion of it to be very bumpy

Is there any particular portion where I should expect it? And for any particular reason?

I appreciate the feedback... Thanks...  Smile
 
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RE: How Bumpy Should These Flights Be?

Mon May 21, 2007 9:48 am

You can occasionally get the odd bit of rough turbulence above the mountains in Europe, specifically the Pyrenees which you may well fly over when flying BCN-FRA, and likewise with the Alps when flying FRA-VCE. Still though, this is never very much, not even enough to spill your drink over.


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futurecaptain
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RE: How Bumpy Should These Flights Be?

Mon May 21, 2007 11:27 am

Ok nervous flyer, here ya go...

http://adds.aviationweather.gov/turbulence/
This map shows the current turbulence advisories across the US. Click on the top left one.

http://adds.aviationweather.gov/pireps/
If you can read a pirep you can input the airport codes you are flying through and see what pilots in the area have said.

Flying through PHX in the summer can sometimes cause a few bumps on takeoff and landing because of the heat and the mountains. I've found crossing the Atlantic to be rather smooth, you shouldn't have any trouble.
Odd routings you got booked on on, i'm assuming, US Airways.
Have a nice cruise.

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Superfly
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RE: How Bumpy Should These Flights Be?

Tue May 22, 2007 12:31 am

Phxflyer:
No need to worry. Just have a few vodka tonics and the turbulence wont even faze you.
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TurkishWings
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RE: How Bumpy Should These Flights Be?

Tue May 22, 2007 1:55 am

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 4):
I've found crossing the Atlantic to be rather smooth

I agree. Although I only crossed the Atlantic 6 times, it was usually pretty smooth... Certainly much smoother than my CPT rides from Europe  Smile

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
No need to worry. Just have a few vodka tonics and the turbulence wont even faze you.

Now you do know that's not a very professional advise don't you?  Wink
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Superfly
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RE: How Bumpy Should These Flights Be?

Tue May 22, 2007 2:01 am

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 6):
Now you do know that's not a very professional advise don't you?

Works for me and I am a pro. 

[Edited 2007-05-21 19:01:44]
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ORFflyer
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RE: How Bumpy Should These Flights Be?

Tue May 22, 2007 2:59 am

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 6):
Now you do know that's not a very professional advise don't you?

Professional - maybe not, but it's damn accurate.

Not to mention a good drink.  bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: How Bumpy Should These Flights Be?

Tue May 22, 2007 3:35 am

Quoting Phxflyer (Thread starter):
What kind of bumps can I expect?

Sit in the middle of the plane. You'll have a much smoother ride. On the way to Switzerland this past March I was in the back of the 332 flying JFK-GVA and I got very motion-sick. My roommate, however, was in the middle and said it was the smoothest flight of his life. Then, on the way back we were sitting in the opposite seats and he got sick and I didn't. It makes a big difference where you sit. Try and avoid the back.

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