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Old Dec 16, 14, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by no1cub17 View Post
I'm wondering that as well - is it SOP to fly through this massive a storm? I mean 150-200 mph winds at FL380 - damn.
West-East jet stream can make those speeds, and aircraft often take advantage of them for faster, more economical routings. It's not the wind velocity, it's wind shear, storm fronts, etc. that might offer challenges.

Our QF A380 earlier this month hit some moderate turbulence (some significant altitude excursions, plane shaking like a dog with fleas, etc.) The Pacific often isn't.
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