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rough rides caused by potholes in the sky
So what exactly is turbulence, how to avoid it, how dangerous is it?
In the past few years, there have been some reports that severe airflow has affected overseas flights --
But with all our weather technology, why do some planes fly in directly?
As a flight attendant, how does it feel to be dealing with this every working day. ?
First, it is important to point out two main types of air turbulence
Turbulence, such as showers or thunderstorms, is included in the accumulation cloud and then there is a clear air flow (known as CAT).
The cat is the most dangerous because it is invisible.
Although the turbulence in thunderstorms may be much more serious, it is almost impossible to fly into thunderstorms these days.
Either because you can see it clearly in front of you, or through the various weather instruments on board, the latest rainfall radar, or from air traffic control, you just fly around it.
There is something called wind shear inside the thunderstorm.
Wind scissors are linked to many major fatal air crashes around the world, but they rarely happen these days.
This is basically a serious wind wall that can hit a large commercial airliner directly on the ground.
So planes fly in thunderstorms, or, when they fly into smaller clouds, prepare for the upcoming turbulence.
The risk of cats is much greater.
It happens on a blue day or a clear night.
The plane may drop by more than a hundred metres without warning (4 or 500 feet)
In the heartbeat
Worst of all, most of the weather instruments on board are unable to detect them accurately.
The pilot does have a rough idea of where this turbulence might be.
In North America, there is a major jet stream that rotates in the US and Canada in a huge lateral S-shape.
This is a fast-flowing narrow-band air associated with turbulence.
Most pilots flying over Canada and the United States consider it a jet every day.
They usually know roughly where it is, and sometimes they climb or fall to avoid it.
Other flights in the area can also be alerted to pilots by radio, warning of the impending turbulence in the air.
In New Zealand, many of our turbulence is formed by mountains and clouds.
Our jets are usually located in the north and south of the country.
Put us in our \"temper\" area.
A friend of mine was very afraid of the mess at work.
I told him it was just a jar hole in the sky.
Nothing to worry about.
The plane will hardly crash because of air flow. which is true -
In some cases, however, the cat has done damage --even death.
Last year, a Continental flight across the Caribbean encountered severe airflow that caused the ceiling to fall off and some passengers were seriously injured.
Just over the past week, a United Airlines flight has encountered air flow, injuring 21 passengers, one of whom was seriously injured.
Just 24 hours later, another American plane was attacked by air flow. A flight attendant crashed into an exit sign on the roof. After the plane landed safely, he was taken to hospital. . .
He obviously knows where the exit is.
With so much flying over the United States, large jets streaming, Rocky Mountains and humid air in the Gulf of Mexico, it is no surprise that the United States has more than a fair share of turbulence damage.
On 1997, a passenger died after being seriously injured on United Airlines Flight 747 from Japan to Hawaii.
This is very rare.
In fact, AirSafe.
Com found only six passengers dead in flight history.
So what is the feeling of working under these conditions?
It is very likely that the pilot will sit down safely or tie to his body, but what about the flight attendant who walks?
I \'ve done several international flights in my lifetime and there\'s a place where you\'re going to run into turbulence --
In tropical areas.
This is due to heat when the ground/sea level rises.
Even at 30,000 feet, you can still fly through the clouds.
On a special flight, I remember I was really scared, and when the 747 engine started to slow down, my knuckles turned white to get through the bumps, and then when we climbed over the clouds, the engine screamed.
But I feel sorry for the waiter. . .
Some passengers want a glass of water or food etc by pressing the service button.
Maybe they\'re scared?
I really don\'t know.
But I know I didn\'t want to bother the waiter at that time to risk their lives walking down the aisle.
I sat there watching a flight attendant walk down the aisle slowly. . . seat. . . by seat. . . by seat. . .
The passengers who finally arrived near me-
Just want a glass of water.
I can see it from the waiter\'s face.
\"I have been coming to you for this? \".
I think in the next flight, every time they go out of date, they knock his arm \"accidentally\" and wake him up.
My other friend is a flight attendant.
He says he can honestly say that he won\'t be afraid during the bumps, but it does make you a little scared when the cat shows up.
The flight deck, he says, is fantastic and usually gives the flight attendant a lot of notice about the upcoming turbulence.
As a crew member, you do get used to it, it\'s only a second nature to stand in the cabin with the little bugs, and he compares it to putting your legs on the boat.
He said that the most serious turbulence he experienced was the cat\'s second trip to Los Angeles International Airport in 747 three hours (Los Angeles).
\"We collect plates in the cabin.
We can really feel the arrival of this time, like driving on the road for a while, we dropped 400 feet when you have that funny feeling in your stomach!
I had to grab the seat arm and the trolley to stop myself and the trolley from airborne.
The trays, casserole dishes and glasses were all dropped in the trolley and the kitchen was a mess.
\"There was no injury to that flight or any of my flights, but I know the crew who crashed into the roof in the kitchen, the worst thing I can tell you is that a crew member is jerking through a 737-kilometer thunderstorm in Sydney.
Two of the four crew members were hospitalized (broken bones)
One of them was afraid that she would never fly again.
These are the worst cases, however.
If you are afraid of flying because of the airflow, this blog should tell you that while the airflow causes little damage, there is more danger of driving your own car to and from the airport.
We encounter air flow in the flight, usually, the air flow is very small.
Maybe I\'m a little weird-
Because I think the air flow is calm.
Like a rocking car to sleep a baby, I am the same on the plane.
And if you can\'t sleep, here\'s a hint for a smile on your face --
Try to look at the back of everyone in front of you as they all bounce up in time and direction.
It makes me laugh every time.
Oh, listen to a middle-aged woman, she will \"oh\" every time you touch your pocket \".
I\'m a complete plane geek.
I like to see them fly over my house and I prefer to be in them.
If my math is good and I don\'t have Meniere (
A tiny internal ear disease that brings me some balance issues from time to time)
I will be a pilot.
Flying is still the safest way to travel. . .
Despite writing this blog, I am looking forward to the next flight.