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Smoothest Flight...

Fri Apr 05, 2002 3:42 pm

Hello flight trip enthusiasts-

This is my first post in this particular forum so please bare with me. On May 15, 1999 - my wife and I flew from Pittsburgh, PA to JFK on a TWA Jetstream 41. We were both a little nervous, having never flown on this type plane. Only 12 on this flight and the flight attendant made a few people move to balance the weight. This flight was a little rough but not too bad. We landed at JFK - bounced maybe once - and then made it into the terminal.

We stepped off the plane and walked to the left - to the Aer Lingus Terminal. We had a few hours to burn so we wondered about a bit - took a few pics - drank a few beers and then boarded an Aer Lingus A330.

This flight took off on schedule - around 7:20 pm. We flew coach - but after the little plane we flew from PIT - we could not complain !! This plane was huge after flying on that little JS41...

We sat in bulkhead seating which was very roomy. Landed in Dublin after about a 6 and a half hour flight. We stayed in Ireland for 10 nights and flew back from Dublin to JFK. (Great time we had in Ireland - We saw Bruce Springsteen perform at the RDS our last night there)

Anyway, we show up at the airport on our last day and fly back home on that nice, big Aer Lingus A330 - but this time we do not sit in the front row of coach - and this is bad for me because I am very tall.. Oh well- we make the best of the situation on this flight. The flight home is a little bumpy and takes a little longer since we are flying into the wind. Still - a nice flight.

We arrive into JFK. Three hour wait till we board the little plane to PIT. No problem - we walk around and have a little food and drink. All is well, as we look at each other and wonder how fast the last ten days have passed...

Time to fly to Pittsburgh - we board the little TWA Express JS41. This time it is filled to the maximum. After flying across the Atlantic on the big widebody I am a little bit nervous about this little plane. We hold for a good while because of traffic and finally take off. I have to tell you - we did not encounter any turbulence at all. New York City to Pittsburgh in this little 30 seat prop was the smoothest flight I ever had in my life.

We land smooth - no bounce - walk into the terminal and out to our car. We got home late at nite - our sons were sleeping - but our black lab was very excited to see us !!

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RE: Smoothest Flight...

Tue Apr 16, 2002 8:04 am

My smoothest flight ever was also on a turboprop.

It was an ASA EMB-120 from ATL-GPT in June 1998. No bumps at all, on about a 2 hr. flight. I was afraid about going through turbulence on a turboprop, because of the small size of the plane, which might have made it seem worse! No problems,though!

Coming back, we flew into a developing thunderstorm. This flight answered my question-flying through the turbulence on a turboprop wasn't really that bad.


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RE: Smoothest Flight...

Tue Apr 16, 2002 9:03 am

Turboprops fly much lower than jets and much much slower, and the wind is not as strong at those lower altitudes... resulting in less resistence from the aircraft and therefore a smoother flight.
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RE: Smoothest Flight...

Sun Apr 21, 2002 4:44 pm

very weirdly my smoothest flight was on a PA-44 seminole great aircraft that look it up VH-NCE
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RE: Smoothest Flight...

Tue Apr 23, 2002 7:21 am

Well, same here. My smoothest flight (cruise sector, that is) was last Tuesday from HMO to TUS on a Saab 340 of Aerolitoral. Climb and final approach were very bumpy, though, but I was expecting the little plane to bounce all over during cruise (there was some wind), but we cruised smoothly without so much as a single bump at 20,000 feet. I figure Madmax is right, the higher they go, the rougher winds are, so there is more resistance.

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RE: Smoothest Flight...

Thu May 02, 2002 5:54 am


Nice report you wrote, but I also would like to leave my experience with smooth flights. I had in the past some pretty ones but the best one was last summer on the 27th. July 2001 from PHL to LHR with BA. We flew a very young 747-400 - G-BYGG - Rendez-Vous tail. The flight was really great all over the Atlantic but what really impressed me was the landing..... it was like a feather..... so soft that everybody inside the plane just aplaused that fact. And as a great finale the weather in LHR was like in my country - Bright sunshine, blue sky, warm temperature - and I could see that the english that day where extremely happy. Now can somebody argue that the sun put hi your spirit? I believe not!!!
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RE: Smoothest Flight...

Thu May 02, 2002 10:43 am

When I fly a turboprop I hope to get as much turbulence as possible. The best was an approach to SYD on a Kendell Saab 340 a couple of years ago. There were people in the cabin screaming. I must admit I was holding very firmly onto my armrests, but boy it was fun! The adrenalin rush is incredible...
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RE: Smoothest Flight...

Sat May 04, 2002 9:01 am

I don't know if anyone agrees with me, but for some reason turbulence in a turboprop, even though it feels harder, felt better than turbulence in a jet. Anyone feels the same or am I just crazy?

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