One of the best things about the massive size of the A380 is its performance in turbulence. Like a large ship on the ocean, the A380 seems to ride the bumps better than smaller aircraft.
Flying a widebody aircraft, like a Boeing 777 or an Airbus A380, may mean flyers will feel less turbulence, at least when turbulence is light to moderate. “It does feel a little less intense when on a widebody due to the size and mass, but during more severe turbulence, it doesn't matter,” the flight attendant told us.
Although turbulence occurs in both large and small planes, it is typically worse in smaller planes because they weigh less, and so more likely to move in line with the air and thus feel turbulence more.
While the aircraft type can not change the atmospheric conditions causing the turbulence, how you experience the turbulence can be affected by the aircraft. Firstly, due to its size, the 777 tends to ride the bumps better.
Because the A380 is so large and heavy, you'll get a very smooth ride without feeling much turbulence.
Flying on the A380 provides a smoother and more comfortable ride due to its large size and heavy weight, which dampen the effects of turbulence. Additionally, the cabin environment is one of the quietest among widebody aircraft.
Severe turbulence can cause a plane to drop so suddenly that pilots temporarily lose control. But, again, that's not enough to crash the plane. That's not to say it's never happened. In 1966, human error and turbulence combined to bring a plane down over Mount Fuji.
Sometimes it's unavoidable to fly through light and moderate turbulence, but rest assured your pilots are working to find smooth air. If they encounter severe or extreme turbulence not forecasted, pilots will quickly climb or descend to a safe and smooth altitude.”
Pilots know that flying safely in threatening turbulence requires slowing to VA, the maneuvering speed. This assures that the airplane will stall before its limit load factor can be exceeded. Such a stall is momentary and protects the structure against damaging loads.
While turbulence can feel scary, airplanes are designed to withstand massive amounts of it. "A plane cannot be flipped upside-down, thrown into a tailspin, or otherwise flung from the sky by even the mightiest gust or air pocket," wrote pilot Patrick Smith on his site, AskThePilot.com.
As of December 2021, the global A380 fleet had completed more than 800,000 flights over 7.3 million block hours with no fatalities and no hull losses. As of December 2022, there were 237 aircraft in service with 16 operators worldwide.
Turbulence is a sudden and sometimes violent shift in airflow. Those irregular motions in the atmosphere create air currents that can cause passengers on an airplane to experience annoying bumps during a flight, or it can be severe enough to throw an airplane out of control. "(The pilots) aren't scared at all.
The arrival of the A380 in 2007 was poorly timed. The price of jet fuel had begun to creep up, and by 2007 was floating at around $4 a gallon. This made airlines shy away from the expensive to operate four engine jets of the 80s and 90s, and to look instead to fuel efficiency as a major deciding factor.
Even when the passenger in front of me reclined, I still sat comfortably. Our Emirates economy class flight on the A380 was the most comfortable, spacious and relaxing flight we've ever had, with ample legroom and seat pitch. A smooth flight is another benefit of the A380's size.
Can turbulence be severe enough to cause a jet engine to break off a wing From a practical point, no, a modern airliner will not lose a wing due to turbulence. Modern airlines are very tough and designed to withstand extreme turbulence.
Those irregular motions in the atmosphere create air currents that can cause passengers on an airplane to experience annoying bumps during a flight, or it can be severe enough to throw an airplane out of control. "(The pilots) aren't scared at all. It's all a part of aviation," United Airlines pilot Rob Biddle said.
From a practical point, no, a modern airliner will not lose a wing due to turbulence. Modern airlines are very tough and designed to withstand extreme turbulence.
From a practical point, no, a modern airliner will not lose a wing due to turbulence. Modern airlines are very tough and designed to withstand extreme turbulence. In theory, it might be possible. But to my knowledge, it has not happened to any jet airliner.
The bigger the plane, the better! Any plane can experience turbulence, but larger planes weigh more and don't feel the impact of wind changes as much as a smaller plane. Specifically, the Airbus A380 handles turbulence very well! The A380 is a large plane mainly used for international flights.
Capt Carr: The A380 is really nice to fly. It's very light on the controls. Probably the most common mistake pilots can make initially – and this is true of all fly-by-wire aircraft – is over-controlling it, and even the lightest touch will help the aircraft through the most taxing conditions.
The Airbus A380 is one of the most modern and advanced aircraft in the world and has one of the best safety records in the industry. Since its introduction in 2007, the A380 has experienced only a few incidents and no fatalities.
If you're travelling on the A380 superjumbo you have two decks to choose from – upper or lower deck. Generally, sitting on the upper deck is preferable because of the usually smaller cabin and lower density configuration (2-4-2 vs. 3-4-3). It's also quieter sitting upstairs.
The A380 was too big
Many airlines did not order the Airbus A380 due to its gigantic size. With a wingspan the size of almost 3 Boeing 737s, it was almost impossible to fill the Airbus A380 to the brim on any route, even the most popular ones.
A1: The Airbus A380 has an excellent safety record and is considered one of the safest aircraft in the world. Since its introduction in 2007, there have been no fatal accidents involving the aircraft.
Because the A380 is so large and heavy, you'll get a very smooth ride without feeling much turbulence. This may sound as a paradox since – compared to smaller planes – the A380 will more frequently encounter turbulent air because of its sheer size, increased surface area, and larger wings.