May 26, 2014

5 things to know about turbulence

I find turbulence soothing in a rocking-the-pram kind of way. But I know that for a lot of travellers, turbulence is terrifying and some don’t take overseas holidays because of it.

Here’s some information to help you get through it…

Hawaiian airlines wing

Turbulence is common

Air flows are affected by mountains, hot land mass, oceans, clouds, storms etc. It’s an everyday occurrence and one that pilots navigate around wherever possible. They also do a bunch of things like slow the plane down before going through a turbulent area to make the ride smoother – a bit like steering a boat on rough seas.

Turbulence can be spotted early

Thanks to their whizz-bang gadgets, pilots can be prepared for turbulence before it strikes and make sure everyone is belted in and no one spills their coffee – least of all them. They use weather charts, radar and information from pilots up ahead. They can read cloud formations and know how terrain affects the air. New technology using lasers is being developed to help pilots read clean-air turbulence too.

Read the other 3 tips here on the NZ Herald >>>

Have a look at the 777 wing test video here – and see when it breaks! >>>

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About Megan Singleton

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Megan Singleton is a travel writer, blogger and radio correspondent. She's been gallivanting around the world telling stories for the last 16 years and has her suitcase always half packed (or half un-packed!) Follow along on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want to keep up with the journey!

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