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Which part of the cabin for the smoothest ride?

Old 22nd Mar 2011, 10:56
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Which part of the cabin for the smoothest ride?

In which part of the cabin do you get the smoothest ride? Over (/under) the wings? In the front?
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Old 22nd Mar 2011, 11:09
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I find over the wings based on my belief that the plane pretty much has to pivot about its CoG. But then again they wouldn't put the big ticket seats up the front if it wasn't comfy would they?
I don't like being right down the back.
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Old 22nd Mar 2011, 11:12
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I was given to understand that the seats with the smoothest ride - on commercial flights, that is - were forrard on jets and aft on propeller-driven aircraft.
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Old 22nd Mar 2011, 11:22
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Over the wings would be where to be seated for the smoothest flight.
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Old 22nd Mar 2011, 11:31
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The front of the aircraft on an airbus is the smoothest part in my personal opinion.
At the front I often cannot feel the turbulence or rocking that can be felt at the back of the aircraft.

Over the wings may also be smooth but it is very noisy in the wing area on most aircraft as you are closer to the engines!!
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Old 22nd Mar 2011, 11:35
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Chuchinchow that's more to do with noise. The bigger turboprops had their F-class cabins down the back. Having flown on Britannia, Electra, IL-18 and Viscount I promise you that you would not want to sit abeam of the engines and props. Current types like the Dash-8 don't seem to be nearly so bad.
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Old 22nd Mar 2011, 11:49
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At the front I often cannot feel the turbulence or rocking that can be felt at the back of the aircraft.
Completely agree.

When you are near the empennage, the action of the yaw damper can be quite pronounced, adding to the turbulence.
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Old 25th Mar 2011, 09:21
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I've seen arguments both for the ride being smoothest by the wings (because the fuselage is suspended by the wings and flex will be more pronounced the farther you move away from the wings) and in the front (comparing the plane with a dart, which is most stable in the front).

To me the first argument sounds most reasonable, but what do I know, I'm just SLF.
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Old 25th Mar 2011, 09:55
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Have always heard that the middle - abaft the wings - is the smoothest. Since that is where I'm riding for 10.5 hrs tonight - I'll let you know! BUT it varies depending on the size and length of the A/c and, it is oft said, manufacturer.
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Old 25th Mar 2011, 10:42
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the plane pretty much has to pivot about its CoG
Sorry to be pedantic, but there's no such thing as a fixed CoG in an aircraft.

It's why weight and balance calculations are so important in order to ensure your proposed CoG is within an acceptable range.
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Old 25th Mar 2011, 11:16
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For what it's worth I think you notice the aircraft's motion more when sitting in the rear. You're looking right down the cabin so you get a much greater visual impression of movement than when you're sitting at the front. Several years ago Mrs. FF and I flew BHD to Liverpool on a Flybe Dash 8 400. We were sitting in the back row. The last 10 minutes were very rough. Like the couple across the aisle from us we were actually holding on to the seats in front to stop our heads banging together. We were literally being thrown around in our seats. I've had some rough flights in the front row of the same aircraft and it just doesn't seem as bad.
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Old 25th Mar 2011, 11:33
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I don't like to sit in back - or anywhere behind the wings. It's more noisy and by the time the flight attendants arrive with your food, they're usually already out of the more popular option .

Over the wings is nice.
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Old 25th Mar 2011, 17:10
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No where near the engines on any of the older generation props, more recent ones like the dash 8 seem fine though. Generally I'd say at the front is better, but best of all has to be upstairs on a 747!
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Old 25th Mar 2011, 17:33
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Sit as far forward as you can afford. That's why the 2 winged master race are always at the front!
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Old 25th Mar 2011, 21:32
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IF you are just wanting the smoothest (most stable) ride then it should always be over the wings.
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Old 26th Mar 2011, 01:13
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Does any airline have its F class in the middle of the plane to benefit from this smoother flying experience?
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Old 26th Mar 2011, 07:34
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Does any airline have its F class in the middle of the plane to benefit from this smoother flying experience?
Not that I am aware of.

I guess they couldn't have the first class pax having to go through cattle class to embark and disembark, also for the bathrooms, cannot really have them over the wings.

I do not really like being right down the back, usually noisier, but it is the safest place on the aircraft, where on all the aircraft I am familiar with they instal the black boxes.
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Old 26th Mar 2011, 07:59
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Sit as far forward as you can afford. That's why the 2 winged master race are always at the front!
We sit up front because that's where the paycheck is.

I don't think there's anywhere on the airplane that's more comfortable so far as the ride goes, though the business class/first class seats tend to be a little more comfy.

Personally, if I'm not driving you'll usually find me somewhere as far toward the back as I can get, asleep. It's closer to the restrooms, and closer to the galley.

Anywhere aft of the engines will be louder.

Anywhere nearest the center of gravity will have the least movement. If you figure out where that is, let me know. I might move there.
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Old 26th Mar 2011, 13:07
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That was a joke. You USN flyers never had a sense of humour. The P3 guys were OK though!
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Old 26th Mar 2011, 17:58
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Last night I was on VS LHR~JNB on a 744 and the PE seat I was in was just at the leading edge of the wing. During the night I got up for my usual leg stretch and I always walk down to the back, across and back up the other aisle and then, depending on the disposition of pax and my seat, another circuit or return the same way.

When I got to the back, I was VERY surprised at how much the tail was wagging. Over the wings, we were experiencing a slight 'rumble' but the tail was really 'cobble stones'. I know the yaw damper can be very active but I was doubly surprised as this was one of the all time smoothest rides I have had on that sector. Even the equator was MUCH quieter than usual. So I'm rather glad that PE is where it is.

On another matter, to adapt the OP.
In which part of the sky do you get the smoothest ride? Over countries now in ferment?
The normal route is over Tunisia and Libya, for some reason, our track was much further west, over Algeria and then in a more or less straight line over Angola to Botswana and in to South Africa(various other countries along the way of course).

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