Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 1 month ago

turbulence and flights?

so I was watching some mayday episodes and in most of them all the problems begin due to turbulence, icing conditions, etc. Even if the pilots made some mistakes the starting point was turbulence.

So I was thinking that if instead of finishing the report as "pilot errors" and pitot tubes failures"

Shouldn't they just focus on allowing flights only if the weather is not dangerous? or is turbulence always present in all the air routes?

3 Answers

  • david
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Turbulence is always a probability, even in local flights. A pilot's job is to operate in or avoid the meteorological conditions that exist. That's like not driving your car due to potholes. Yeah, sure if there's ice on the road you may want to avoid driving; but  if you skid out, while the ice was a contributing factor, it's the drivers fault for not adequately taking it into account. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Turbulence is unavoidable. Dangerous turbuence is something else again, and for the most part it is avoidable based on modern forecasts which are quite accurate. The regulations prohibit flights from passing through airspace that has been forecast for extreme turbulence, and all airlines avoid areas with any chance of greater than moderate turbulence as much as possible. You also need to take a grain of salt when watching those over-dramatized "Mayday" episodes. 

  • 1 month ago

    There are always turbulences. If there is wind, there will be turbulences. If there are clouds, there will be turbulences.

    It is a matter of degree, and of actively avoiding the stronger turbulences.

    Sometime, that is difficult. If the bad weather is where your destination airport is, and the plane is almost arrived, what choice is there?

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