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What You Need to Know About Turbulence

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Countless travelers have experienced the distinct anxiety-inducing sensation of turbulence on flights: Eyes squeezed shut, hands clamped to the armrests for dear life, bracing for the roller coaster to come. Recent incidents have left dozens of passengers with injuries. Last month, seven passengers on a Lufthansa flight from Texas to Frankfurt were hospitalized with minor injuries after their plane encountered severe turbulence as it flew over Tennessee. And in December, about two dozen people,… (www.nytimes.com) More...

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twroberts27
Timothy Roberts 12
Most disconcerting announcement from the flightdeck - approaching Glasgow one stormy December pre-dawn: "I should like to assure passengers that the weather conditions are entirely within the operational capability of this aircraft."
ronaldavjacobs
Ronald Jacobs 3
For me: November 1978: Flight from Tokyo to Moscow (which is a long way south and east of Leningrad): pilot comes on with peremptory announcement in Russian followed by shorter version in English: "Emergency landing. Leningrad".
macmcb
ALLAN MC BRIDE 50
Pointless to post any item from the New York Times. One cannot read it without a subscription to the paper. If one clicks on the news item the NYT puts up a screen soliciting a subscription.
tenorsaxhsd
Dick Baumgartel 18
I agree 100%. If FlightAware gets a NYT article they should NOT put it on the daily email. This happens a lot on the EarlyBird website for military news only it's Stars & Stripes newspaper that puts up the paywall. Booooo
xtoler
Larry Toler 0
That's what really disturbs me. The Stars and Gripes I have to pay for? Okay, I think I used to pay a quarter during the week and 50 cents on Sunday for the comics. Really, I would get the Sras and Gripes just to read the local editorial section. LOL, don't get me started on AFRTS.
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 16
https://www.nytimes.com/article/airplane-turbulence.html?unlocked_article_code=vJOIkhROea4CGY0hQTyPX_I15fQBAlEZS0V6ENFIsNWKH0oTAqM4Hc7FFYdMLxISWMofERAuF3p8SfLwcX7fW9O0xyQL8NlOFm2IyORYENuZluBBFwgFzKMzvkUS-tc-JQkZDfJ_60vn6V0tDP3gq1vnFCmTc4ggyD0CE1ZcqH42FWJUtLHS_nXpG11hVdYjjixbKkl-7aX_aVwhY01cE9s9Nl0O-A4fzM3eBoFd2DRBf595NLflUbHTMxmj6c8mYoYbtWXl8VKVaPW8fsAnJ6v-qPzeP4xscG7b2Sz5DJjMl3Z-3RsSUOJ_GM9q8B8tGNjH&smid=url-share
jroman0511
John Roman 4
Thank you for sharing!
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 2
Use the entire link.
davidjreith
David Reith 3
I appreciate your sharing and learned a few things. Thanks.
Iflyswa737
Lin Carriaga 2
Thank you!
comp682
D Kaufman 2
Thanks a ton, Victor. Much appreciated.
loubearr
loubearr 2
Thank you
df1sp
HP Baumeister 1
Still have the paywall pop up
wiesecoo
Phillip Wiese 1
Thank you for sharing.
quinndx
Danny Quinn 1
I wonder how that worked, but thank you so much!
frankidee
Frank DeLeon 22
Agree!! Further, I will never, ever subscribe to the NYT!!
Nooge
Nooge 3
What journalism do you subscribe to?
gomedoc
Jon Schwartz 5
can't believe a word of it as they have violated our trust so many times yet people still read it..I can't understand why...
gomedoc
Jon Schwartz -3
read the article and you will know why it is in the NYT...it perpetuates the orthodoxy....the NYT is a political organization not a source for news and information unless you practice that religion...
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 2
Aren't most newspapers political?
kathydianne
Kathy McDowell 4
Political yes, at least be truthful. NYT is the most corrupt newspaper ever.
stevegordonhorne
Steve Horn -1
People on the right don't accept facts or science they don't "agree" with. Facts are facts. The truth is the truth. You don't get to have an "opinion" on them. NYT is a very good resource for people looking for facts.
kathydianne
Kathy McDowell 2
What’s the science? Get the vax and you won’t get Covid…and sorry people did not cause global warming and we can’t stop it with more money.
kathydianne
Kathy McDowell 1
Excuse me…you have that backwards…the right accepts facts….the left emotions and insults..
stevegordonhorne
Steve Horn 0
You prove my point Kathy. Have a nice life.
kathydianne
Kathy McDowell 1
LOL....
kathydianne
Kathy McDowell 0
LOL....what point is that?
bobbolew
Robert Lewis 0
Thanks, I needed a good laugh just then.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 0
Well, I can't argue that one way or the other. Only thing I've ever gone to the NYT for is the crossword puzzles. However, I will say this, political bent or no, there is likely to be a fair amount of factual data.
rocky9255
Stan Wildeboer 1
What in this article did you find that perpetuates the orthodoxy?
jimjallen
Jim Allen 2
Use the TOR browser.. it works. I refuse to pay for an NYT sub and I can get a student discount.
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 29
The only thing passengers need to know about turbulence is……it happens, light/moderate/heavy/extreme sometimes without any warning. Simple Solution…….keep your fu#&%&g seat belt fastened at all times.
busterscv
Buster Downey 5
Thank you for the link.
beingmerry
Ben Merryman 4
Oof, sorry! testing if the comments allow inline HTML and it does not...and also does not have deleting or editing of comments.

FlightAware: Update your comment system! These are extremely common features (from the advent of the Internet I think! 😂)
Snoweer
Norm Dutot 4
Couldn't read it. Shouldn't need a NYT subscription.
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 4
The article is about turbulence, NOT the NYTimes.
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 4
But, I subscribe willingly. I just gifted you the article.

Yes, you're welcome.
dodger4
dodger4 3
Agree. Irritating and annoying. For reading 2-3 articles in a month....?
oldgrind
Martin Lambert 1
same article from the S

https://www.seattletimes.com/life/travel/fasten-your-seat-belts-what-you-need-to-know-about-turbulence/?amp=1eattle times.
davidjreith
David Reith 3
By copying the NYT headline on Google, you can frequently find and read the same article in a variety of other sources.
pilot62
Scott Campbell 2
Oh the political civil war continues - it's an article about Turbulence. Are there any pilots left here ? Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez !
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
Far as I can tell, even pilots can have political opinions, Scott. Sometimes, no matter the topic, other subjects get introduced. We're just simple folk.
HWL1223
H W Lam 2
How is wearing a seat belt news? How does any sane person not wear one in a moving vehicle. End of story.
1107M55
ANNIE UBEDA 2
I was able to read it, and I am not subscribed to it. I clicked on the X
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 1
Liked 2x
WavemanT
WavemanT 2
Thanks to those who posted the non-paywalled version.

Nothing new here, though the points about remaining belted and not carrying kids on laps are well taken. I think most passengers would be surprised to learn what severe turbulence feels like. YouTube is full of videos purporting to show it, when in actuality the aircraft probably only experienced light or moderate chop. In my experience, most commercial pilots do a good job warning passengers when they are able and letting them know how long to expect a rough ride.
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 1
Passengers can be a little cavalier. /s
watkinssusan
TURBULENCE is ususally unexexpected,and if by chance the captain feels they might encoundter it, he tells the crew,no servce at this time,stay strapped in, and also advises the poassengers...when its unexpected,as in the middle of a long haul flight and everyone has unbuckled,gotten comfortable, and started to "roam the cabin" or go to the lavatory,then it really serious!captains always take available routes that avoid thunderstorms or any possiblilty of turbulence,but sometimes mother nature has other ideas!
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
Hi Mary ... I notice when you signed on 8 years ago, you had a student license. Would you mind saying your current status? Thanks in advance.
mortimer12
Gordon Shandy 1
I was able to read it on my IPhone, will no subscription, YMMV. :-)
iplawnet
John Overton 1
I understand that some most advanced avionics systems can detect cells of unstable air. True? If so, which ones?
n914wa
Mike Boote 1
This turned out to be an article with no news included. Everything reported is common sense (an oxymoron, to be sure).
meyersdennis66
Dennis Meyers 1
Either put up the article or put up the ad!!!!!
CAH747
CLARENCE HELLER 1
Why does a squib about upper air disturbance rattle your tree here on the ground?? Plz go elsewhere..
marthabeechfry
Martha Fry 1
Paywall with NYT
Flightdog
Roger Curtiss 1
Seems like it would be pretty difficult to be injured if you keep the seatbelt on.
wftinmn
Wright Truesdell 1
I got to the part where it said turbulence is increasing and that it was due to climate change, and that was enough for me.
Propwash122
Peter Fuller 1
I learned from reading the commentary here that considerable turbulence is caused by incessant whining about paywalls.
elops
tj shear 1
Here is a free link
https://www.npr.org/2023/04/06/1166993992/turbulence-climate-change
greerbk
Greer Kemp 0
Oh dear... a paywall....
stansdds
Paywall.
baja463
Bill A 6
Use Victorbravo's link back up there. It works.
jck1204
John Kodis 0
Don't post NYT articles. They may you subscribe in order to read them. Too bad. Looks like an interesting article.
stephwatts333
Stephanie Watts 0
It's just as well a lot of us can't read it - the NYT is so biased and does NOT give accurate information, not based on FACTS ...
Let's stick to accurate scientific information please FlightAware ....
And God Bless pilots who work hard every day to make travelers safe and comfortable .... in some of the worst conditions ......

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Nooge
Nooge 7
So that explains Clarence and Ginnis quid pro quo grifting !!

Never knew they were socialist
jimjallen
Jim Allen 5
No… I’ll gladly pay for a service I value. NYT not one of them.
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 5
But, I'm a willing subscriber. I just gifted you the article.

Yes, you're welcome.
1107M55
ANNIE UBEDA 3
That has nothing to do with what is been discussed here. Keep YOUR politics in your pocket.
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 1
Turbulence. Thank you @ANNIE UBEDA!
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 0
You too?

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