Friday, August 6, 2010

Turbulence: Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst

We enjoyed a perfectly pleasant flight YVR-DEN, sitting in Row 3, the last row of F, on a 320. The pilot warned several times of turbulence ahead and the seat belt sign was on for a significant portion of the flight.

Toward the end of the flight he told us that DEN had been shut down for awhile due to a passing storm, and that we'd be flying in a holding pattern for at least a half hour before landing. That was no problem for us as we have a significant layover before flying on to MSP.

Despite the circling, sometimes through dark clouds, our actual approach and landing at DEN was among the smoother we've experienced in our arrivals there. That can be a very bumpy airport, especially when the summer afternoon rising thermal updrafts occur. The entire flight was smooth, and it's undoubtedly due to the pilot and air traffic control jointly figuring out a good route through messy weather

1 comment:

Kim and John said...

Glad the trip has been relatively uneventful so far, albeit with some waiting and threats of turbulence. Have a great time! I love Minnesota. :) ps Riley said she hopes you're having fun on the airplane and she wants to show you the shell she found at Dash Point today.