About Turbulence: Their Causes and Affecting Flights

Turbulence: their causes and damage to flights

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For some, turbulence is an annoying time of flight. For others, turbulence is a nightmare. I don't think it's a flight without a little "jerk".

Let me tell you the first encounter with the severe turbulence in my life as a traveler. In 4 years of Airlinestravel.ro, I flew thousands of kilometers. I flew on beautiful, sunny weather, but also through endless clouds, wind and blizzard. The first flight outside Romania was on the Bucharest - Berlin route via Amsterdam, a flight operated by KLM. It happened in 2011, during a time when Berlin and Bucharest, two major European capitals, were not linked to direct flights, and passengers used the alternatives with a stopover.

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On the Bucharest - Amsterdam segment, the flight went beautiful, smooth, normal. I did not encounter turbulence. But the flight from Amsterdam to Berlin was remarkable, which is why I still remember it today. The flight was quiet until we entered the airspace of Germany, when we began to cross an area of ​​severe turbulence. It seemed as if there was a great battle at a height between the currents of air. The plane began to vibrate from all the joints. Some were scared and started screaming, others were quiet and waiting for the unpleasant moment to pass. I admit that at first I had a heartbreak, but then I calmed down and admired on the window how the plane was flapping (on its own). Probably the emotion of the moment strengthened me and I was calm, but I was upset because he spilled my drink from the glass ... Is it nice? 🙂

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There are several causes that lead to turbulence. But you don't have to panic. Aircraft are made to withstand, are flexible, and pilots are prepared for such moments.

Menno Kroon, pilot at KLM in 1990 and Airbus commander Airbus A330, wrote on the KLM blog about turbulence.

According to Menno Kroon's writings, turbulence can be caused by: wind (turbulence encountered more when taking off and landing), the rising air (turbulence at high altitude and some cannot be detected by the weather radar), jet streams (turbulence encountered especially on transoceanic flights from west to east), mountains, aircraft engines.

Some turbulence can be detected by the weather radar and the pilots can bypass them. But there are also undetected, unforeseen turbulences, which can cause inconvenience to passengers. Do not associate agitated flights with airlines. Regardless of the type of aircraft and the airline, the turbulence may also be manifested.


Sometimes, constrained by air traffic and weather conditions, pilots cannot avoid turbulence zones or prevent them. In such situations, it is advisable to keep calm, fasten your seat belts and rest in your seats. For your own mental comfort, it is advisable to trust the cabin crew and the aircraft.

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