The first time I felt the turbulence, I was scared to my wit's end. Of course by travelling in Raichur district, I had mastered the art of travelling over worst pot holes. It required the highest level of the skills by the drivers to drive on the narrow side of the road as the road always used to be non-existent with big pot holes taking its place.But at least we knew what was happening by peeping out of the window.
But here the plane was shuddering,making unhealthy sounds, and at times suddenly climbing down thousands of feet. Peeping out of the wind further scaring the hell out of me,I started calling the names of all the Gods I could remember to rescue me.
And to make the matters worse, the pilot gave a warning about the situation and promised his sincere efforts to fly us safely. And we were reminded about those safety steps we were supposed to take in case of an emergency. Aw common! When one will be dropping down tens of thousands of feet in seconds, how can one remember to take care and pull out the safety jacket in case the flight rushes to a sea! Common Mr.Pilot, I may not know how to fly a plane but have common sense to realize when the danger stares me in the face.Anyway thanks for the false feel good reassurance tactics.I would rather they stop making those announcements before the journey. It makes one all the more nervous.
And again What are the Turbulence and Why do they occur?
There are three types of turbulence : Turbulence during storms, Turbulence over mountains and the unexpected Turbulence.
During bad weathers and thunder storms, strong ups and downs in the heart of the storm can shove the airplane up to 6000 feet up or down. "You can't go through them, you've got to go around them." Bendall says of thunderstorms. "That's just the rules of the road." Luckily, weather forecasts, radars and the ground reports help the pilots steer clear of bad weather.
While flying over the mountain ranges, the air over the mountain forms waves that create a turbulence just the way sea waves can upset a submarine. These may be called mountain waves which the pilots generally anticipate while flying over the mountains.
The most insidious kind of turbulence, clear-air turbulence, is invisible, comes without warning and occurs any time during a flight. One of the main culprits of clear-air turbulence is the boundary between the jet stream—that aerial river that forms where arctic air masses meet warmer air from the south—and the slower-moving air adjacent to it. This invisible boundary shifts unpredictably, and shakes an unstrapped passenger in a jet that crosses it. If an aircraft has passed through the area ahead of your airplane, your pilot might get an advance warning of turbulence ahead. "But if you're an early morning flight and you're going through an area first, you're going to be 'Probe One.'"
All said and done, flying is a symbol of man's supremacy over science, nature and knowledge. Salute it and cherish it. Happy flying!!!