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The Worst Weather You Have Flown In (pilot Or Not)

Mon May 28, 2007 3:18 am

I was just swapping war stories with a few freinds about rought weather stories and decided I would start the topic.
I think the worst for me in a pilots position was a tie. Once we were departing off of 36 Left at TPA into the face of some nasty weather and making the turnout to the left due to weather around the airport. The airport was surrounded about 80% by popcorn thunderstorm cells. We made a turn out 180 degrees to the left and paralelled a 45,000 foot top cell I would estimate at about 5 miles off the cell. I never felt such convection in my life. We had to fly about 15 miles north to go east to Daytona. Another one was climbing out of San Juan in the 25D N82AX for FXE and than on to SRQ from there. We had a paitent on board at the time and number one flamed out from what I could only induce was water ingestion. A swift turn ad descent to relight and off we went to FXE.

For fun during a tropical storm last year we did short feild right into the wind at SRQ. It was taking about 200 feet with two notches of flaps to get off the runway into the wind. That was pretty fun and worth the money spent for the 100 LL which is by far not cheap at the FBO's in Sarasota.

As a passenger though the worst ever for me was enrout ABQ to TPA on a WN 737 around July one summer. We were getting rolled about 20 degrees either way by the stuff we were in. After landing the crew told us they would not have departed ABQ had they known the line was going to close up like it did. Talk about serious core punchers.
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RE: The Worst Weather You Have Flown In (pilot Or

Mon May 28, 2007 5:33 am

December 27(?), 2004 when flying on an AA Eagle Saab 340 from LAX to MRY at approximately 2100 hours. We were flying right through some rough thunderstorms that were in the area.
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RE: The Worst Weather You Have Flown In (pilot Or

Mon May 28, 2007 6:07 am

On a flight from Barcelona to Mahon several years ago with Air Nostrum in Spain. All of the days flights by Iberia, Spanair and Air Europa had been cancelled due to bad weather preventing them landing in Mahon, in fact there was IB flight cancelled which I thought was mine, so it was only really on the off chance that I asked a member of staff and was then pointed to the regional terminal, where I pretty much expected to find my flight also cancelled. Half to my amazement boarding was called and the few passengers (only about 20 which I though unusual considering all the cancelled flights) struggled out over the tarmac, the wind was so strong that you could hardly stand up!

Taxing to the runway I though the pilot must be mad, the other cancelled flights were operated by Jets, but here we were about to fly through it in a Dash-8! The climb out was incredibly rough, we were thrown all over the place and every minute or so the sky would be illuminated by a sheet of lightening, but fortunately it did ease off once we reached the cruise. Coming back down though was another story - the captain had warned us that we may have to go to Palma instead, and that crosswind speeds were touching 100mph at times and headwinds were gusting to 120mph. (I wonder if in his basic English he mistook miles for kmph as it seems stupidly high) During the entire approach I had a clear view of the runway which appeared to be beside us through the window, the prop pitch was constantly altered to maintain some form of constant air-speed and the aircraft was tossed around like a leaf in a breeze. It took about half the length to actually get the plane levelled and then touch the wheels down, but no time at all to stop. The hearty round of applause was well deserved. Getting off the plane it was hailing/snowing and on the way home from the airport trees and bits of wall had been blown across the road!

I've had several other flights on the Dash 8, mainly in and out of Plymouth, which have been bad - but I think this one takes the biscuit!

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RE: The Worst Weather You Have Flown In (pilot Or

Mon May 28, 2007 5:41 pm


The worst weather I got was back to July 2006, on the 7th. July more precisely. But things started to built up much before, I was on board CO 737-700 N16713 ready to fly from EWR to BOG, we started our pushback and then to taxi to our runway, meanwhile I noticed that we started to return to our stand again, soon our Captain told us that there was a problem in one of our engines and we had to fix it...he said that it would take around "45 minutes"!!! Well you know how these things go right? After 1:20 minutes we finally left to BOG, the flight was uneventful until maybe we arrived to the northern part of Colombia, the one that gets the Atlantic/Caribbean sea, I noticed then that bellow us there was some lightning going on, but after some time our Captain said that we had to buckle-up because we were about to pass a very strong storm, and that's when things started to get rough, our plane shacked a lot, I looked outside and once a while the very dark night would suddenly be white like a full sunny day, that was the intensity of those lightnings, this took about 45 minutes almost until we landed at BOG. The passenger that was closed to me when we landed was very nervous, she said that first it was the plane that had a problem, then it was the storm, she was really scared...but our CO crew was great and at the end it was one more interesting experience.
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RE: The Worst Weather You Have Flown In (pilot Or

Mon May 28, 2007 6:16 pm

It was in July 2004 and we were flying DUB-LHR. It was a turbulent flight due to small summer storms over the UK and Ireland. The fasten seat belt sign was on for most of the flight and the pilot informed us quite a few times of the changing weather situation at LHR. We began our decent into what was now a growing thunderstorm over London, our aircraft was being battered by hail and every now and again a flash of lightning would light up our cabin. The whole cabin was quiet, not one person spoke, there would the be the odd "bloody hell" or some gasps when the aircraft made sudden noises or hit some bad turbulence. The turbulence seemed to get worse as we approached LHR, we struggled out of the clouds and a rain soaked London greeted us. It was much scarier to see the lightning shoot across the sky and dart downwards in the distance than it was to see it light up the clouds.

The rumbles of thunder were now loud detailed cracking noises that seemed to go on forever. The cabin crew informed us we would be landing in a matter of minutes but you could tell we were still very high, the wing dipped and flexed as we made our final approach but as we went over the BA maintenance hangers it was clear to me that we were too high and sure enough the engines roared and we climbed back into the clouds. Another 10 minutes of bad turbulence followed until we were on final approach again, this seemed to be the right altitude and we hit the runway on the right gear first, less than a second later the left gear touched down and we began to to slow on the runway. Rainwater was being sprayed on the windows and all you could make out was the red and blue of BA aircraft and the glowing lights on the runway. There was a round of applause but many of the passengers were shaken myself included!
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RE: The Worst Weather You Have Flown In (pilot Or

Mon May 28, 2007 8:01 pm

May 1995 Korean Airlines Seoul to Bangkok. About 5 hours of roller coaster churn along an active warm front AND THE SAME on the return to Seoul a week later! I don't know if we changed altitude, but nothing helped.  ill 
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RE: The Worst Weather You Have Flown In (pilot Or

Tue May 29, 2007 6:15 am

Back in the early '90s I flew MSY-IAD on a UA 737-200. About 40 min into the flight the pilot came on the PA to announce rough weather ahead and could the FAs please pick up dinner service and get in their jump seats. About 10-15 minutes later a light vibration began which soon escalated into moderate shaking then strong jarring. This continued almost until landing at Dulles. I'm certain more than a couple passengers left behind full airsick bags!
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RE: The Worst Weather You Have Flown In (pilot Or

Tue May 29, 2007 1:07 pm

Well its a tie for me as pilot... Both in C152s  Wink one I was sitting on the ground and I was watching A319s 736s and 737s and a Pilatus BATTLE a HUGE cross wind in YLW... it was 30G40 about 50 degrees of the runway and me one that loves cross winds decided to go flying!! O i forgot to tell you... the GFA's and FIC reported severe turbulence around the area... Well so I took of and it was a hell of a ride... got in 3 circuits before the tower relayed a message from the place I was renting from that they want me to land... O well good experience I had fun... While that one was fun.. my other weather related flight that I recall was when I was flying YCD-YXX and I decided to tuck under a cloud... well It is commonly known that the clouds (fog aside) over the strait will never go below 100-200 feet... float plane guys love that... well I flew right threw active pass and all the way to ZBB at just less then 100 feet... SCARY SHIT no joke... problem was I left YCD and it was 5NM and about 1500 feet... so that was good... I get to active pass and it was low so I thought of going back but fog rolled in and they were at 1/2 mile.... ZBB was 10 miles (less to the west due to the clouds) and a few thousand feet soo I made the flight... Boy did I learn a lot that day... O and those of you who say clouds no big deal (non pilots who assume airline flying is the only way... IFR and all that) I had about 5 hours after completing my PPL... but hey the stuff that doesn't kill you teaches you a HELL of alot!
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RE: The Worst Weather You Have Flown In (pilot Or

Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:49 am

Sometime in Febuary (2005) I flew to Kansas City. I was flying back to Boston, we had a connecton in Dallas, so on the flight from KDFW to KBOS we were on a MD-80 with America, there were a lot of flight delays because of weather but we got out, so we took off and we were going through some bad thunderstorms, we had bad turbalance that if felt like we dropped like 300 feet once. So once we were out of the storm the F/A's started to serve drinks, I was in the back of the plane so once they got to my seat they were out of Gingerale because eveyone else in front of me felt sick so they got it first, lol.

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