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FLL Departure Question

Sat May 24, 2003 4:52 am

ok this morning I departed FLL on a B6 flight to JFK. Immediately after we got off the ground, we took a pretty sharp turn south (obviously New York is North). There was some pretty bad weather in the area I assume we were trying to avoid it? This has never happened to me before and I was actually a little nervous. Was my assumption correct? Thanks.
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RE: FLL Departure Question

Sat May 24, 2003 5:45 am

Most likely that was it.

I was on a flight out of FLL couple years ago and there were storms offshore so the pilot made a sharp LEFT turn immediately after takeoff. When I say immediately I mean before clearing the end of the runway! We were headed north over US-1 (Federal Hwy) when usually they fly rwy hdg for a couple miles then turn.

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RE: FLL Departure Question

Sat May 24, 2003 5:50 am

Lots of thunderstorms in southern Florida, even now.

See:

http://weather.noaa.gov/radar/mosaic/DS.p19r0/ar.us.conus.shtml

In addition to diversions at FLL and PBI, all flights to/from the area are getting non-standard and otherwise oddball routings to stay clear of the weather...

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RE: FLL Departure Question

Sat May 24, 2003 12:30 pm

I hope the pilots are careful with those sharp turns to the north after take off on 9L, those smoke stacks are right there...  Nuts
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RE: FLL Departure Question

Sat May 24, 2003 10:51 pm

Forget the Smokestacks, I would be more worried about the 5 gantry cranes that building the new parking garage/car rental center. The tallest is about 290ft.
 
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RE: FLL Departure Question

Sun May 25, 2003 4:55 am

Thanks for the answers. It wasn't that immediate where we were going to hit the cranes or smokestacks (which would have been a turn north anways) but I just found it very odd that we were going to Miami. But then he [the pilot] made a westerly turn and a few minutes later north which was relieving...Its funny because sometimes for a quick flight in FS I take off from 9L at FLL and head to MIA...the pilot seemed to have imitated my mock flights! But yes, the storms were bad and the weather all along the coast was just the same. A few nice drops off the coast of NC...
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RE: FLL Departure Question

Sun May 25, 2003 12:11 pm

I'm surprised they weren't using 27 on that day, with bad wx off to the east.


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RE: FLL Departure Question

Mon May 26, 2003 1:40 am

IT was interesting at MIA yesterday... Storms seemed to be sitting over Miami Beach, and they were taking off on 9L and making sharp turns to the north right over Hialeah. It was impressive seeing a DL 764 going right over my head on the Airport Expressway turning north.
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RE: FLL Departure Question

Mon May 26, 2003 1:55 am

For storm avoidance, be aware that when pilots line up on a runway, using the radar, they can scan the skies ahead of them, and request a turn to avoid the clouds in coordination with ATC departure control... another thing, ATC do not "see" clouds and bad weather, airplanes do, so controllers rely on info or requests from pilots regarding storm avoidance, such as saying "123 requesting immediate turn to the south after takeoff to avoid charlie bravo", the answer may be "123, cleared for takeoff, left turn approved heading 180, climb to maintain 3,000, contact departure 123.4"...
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