When severe turbulence strikes during a flight, passengers often feel anxious and uncertain about what’s happening in the cockpit. But the truth is that pilots are well-prepared and trained to handle these situations.
Captain Neil Farley, a pilot with over 20 years of experience, recently explained what goes on in the cockpit when severe turbulence strikes.
According to Farley, the most important thing pilots do during a turbulent flight is to maintain control of the aircraft. He says, “Pilots will reduce airspeed, increase altitude, and take other necessary steps to ensure that the aircraft is safe and stable. We’ll also inform air traffic control, and they’ll often give us a different altitude to fly at in order to avoid any areas of turbulence.”
He also noted that the crew will typically turn off the fasten seat belt sign during severe turbulence. This allows passengers to move about the cabin more freely, which can help to minimize the impact of the turbulence.
Farley also said that pilots are always aware of the potential for turbulence and take measures to avoid it. He explained, “Pilots are always aware of possible turbulence, and we’ll often adjust our course or altitude to try to avoid it. We’ll also check weather reports and look at other aircraft’s positions to try to identify areas of turbulence.”
Finally, Farley noted that pilots are highly-trained and well-prepared to handle any situation, including severe turbulence. He said, “Pilots go through extensive training and simulations to prepare for any emergency or abnormal situation that could arise in the cockpit. So, if turbulence does occur, we’re ready to handle it.”
With Farley’s insight, it’s clear that pilots do all they can to ensure the safety of passengers during turbulent flights. Although turbulence can be scary, passengers can rest assured that their pilots are well-prepared to handle the situation.