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  •  If you don't like turbulence, and I don't (1+ / 0-)
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    sawgrass727

    Is it best to fly early in the morning?

    •  Yes (5+ / 0-)

      The air is generally less turbulent because it hasn't been heated as much.

      Also, the way airline schedules are built, delays tend to compound as the day goes on. You have a better chance of getting to your destination on time if you take an early flight.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Tue May 27, 2014 at 05:08:13 PM PDT

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    •  What the major said. (0+ / 0-)

      Usually before 10 or 11 in the morning, there's not usually enough solar heating to get strong turbulence going. Thunderstorms usually get going even later in the day, although that's not always true.

      That also doesn't fully apply around mountains (especially on the lee side of the Rockies here in the US), where winds over the terrain can create large amounts of turbulence w/o thermal activity. If you're flying from Albuquerque, NM to Casper, Wyoming, it's likely to be bad regardless of the time of day.

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