I am due to fly to the south of France and to an airport located by the Pyrenees.
My husband was on a flight to this airport about a year ago that was rocked really badly on approach and resulted in a missed approach. They eventually landed safely but he was shaken up by the experience, especially as the turbulence was so bad.
I am wondering how safe it is to land in an airport that is so close to the mountains and might therefore have problems in downdrafts etc.
I am nervous and really hate turbulence although I know it’s not exactly logical! However this part does frighten me.
I was wondering what your thoughts were on these mountain waves? It would be hugely appreciated
Mountain waves are basically caused by strong winds blowing across the mountains (as the name suggests.)
If an airport is close by or in the vicinity of hilly terrains, mountain waves can also cause turbulence and crosswinds during the landing or take off phase.
However there are crosswind imitations whereby it is unsafe for the plane to operate into. Therefore the pilot would not attempt to land.
Generally, turbulence is nothing to worry about as long as you are securely strapped in and that the plane flies within the limits of the crosswinds. As such, turbulence is only an issue of discomfort. So avoid flying during the windy season if such turbulence does worry you.
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