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Smoothest Aircraft In Turbulence?

Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:37 pm

Which is the smoothest a/c during turbulence?
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RE: Smoothest Aircraft In Turbulence?

Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:15 pm

I think you'll struggle to find a definitive answer to that as all aircraft handle turbulence in different ways for one. Secondly one airplane flying through turbulence may experience it to a greater or lesser extent then the previous or next aircraft.

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RE: Smoothest Aircraft In Turbulence?

Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:28 pm

The bigger the better. Also, it depends where you are sitting. As close to the wings a possible is the best.
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RE: Smoothest Aircraft In Turbulence?

Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:35 pm

Any plane with active gust alleviation.
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RE: Smoothest Aircraft In Turbulence?

Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:40 pm

Has much more to do with wing loading than aircraft size. A lightly loaded wing will, by definition, "flap" around more than a highly loaded one. One of the best turbulence penetrators is the DC-9, particularly the shorter winged versions.
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RE: Smoothest Aircraft In Turbulence?

Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:50 pm

I love a bit of turbulence, but not heavy and for a long time. I have always felt more comfortable on a 747 than anything else in that situation, but that could be psycological. Or it does support bigger is better. Conversely, I find it more frightening on a RJ.

Once on a 777 I went to the lav, in calm air, however on the way back to my seat we were suddenly hit with a bang of turbulence and I was knocked to the floor. Oddly, it didn't scare me.
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RE: Smoothest Aircraft In Turbulence?

Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:37 pm

A heavy aircraft with high wing loading.

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RE: Smoothest Aircraft In Turbulence?

Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:08 am

I would say the A380, just from what I've heard. I bet the 747-8 is close though.
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RE: Smoothest Aircraft In Turbulence?

Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:00 am

I just love riding on the 757 in turbulance.

However, the sickness you get towards the back on a 753 is very noticeable. Lots of side to side movement even in relatively "still" air.
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RE: Smoothest Aircraft In Turbulence?

Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:26 am

Quoting bonusonus (Reply 7):
I would say the A380

No. The A380-800 wing is designed for the higher weights of the -900 stretch (which has yet to see the light of day, sadly). So, the wing isn't nearly as highly-loaded as it was designed to be.
Therefore, the A388 is NOT as smooth as it could be.
Conversely, the 747-8 is more airplane on a similar wing to the 744. They did make some changes, but the surface area, if I'm not mistaken, isn't hugely different at all. Therefore, the 748 will likely handle turbulence more comfortable than the 744.

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