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How close do pilots fly by Hurricane Bill’s path?
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Sunday, 23 August 2009 04:49


Hi Captain Lim,

I have to fly tomorrow night from Memphis, USA to AMS (Amsterdam) and the route takes us close (in my mind anyway) to Hurricane Bill's path.

How close do pilots fly to hurricanes and do they adjust the flight plan to avoid getting too close.

Thanks,

Allen

Hi Allen,

Pilots avoid flying through hurricanes as it can generate extreme turbulence and would track a route well cleared of them.

According to the weather forecaster, "The core of Hurricane Bill is expected to pass between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States on Saturday."

Hurricane Bill Projected Path

As you can see from the CNN map above, it shows the projected path of Hurricane Bill traveling at a speed of around 18 mph (30 kph) moving North toward New England and then to Canada.

By Sunday (2am EDT) it should be further north and depending on the route taken, I believe the captain would plan to fly at least a hundred miles north or south of the hurricane. Though it may be slightly turbulent, it is still safe.

I wish you a safe flight to Amsterdam! alt

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