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flying seems really safe.is it normal to have turbulence in a flight and how much can an aircraft take?i mean it doesnt seem like an airplane can just fall out of the sky can you explain this?

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Hello,
It is normal to have turbulence in a flight. Most airlines try to avoid it by using weather forecasts and looking at what the wind is forecast to do at different levels in the atmosphere and avoiding areas where the wind velocity or direction changes rapidly. But this is never foolproof, and so turbulence can be encountered at any time. An airplane can take an immense amount of turbulence before it is damaged. The most destructive turbulence often forms near mountains, and there have been very few commercial jets that were destroyed due to turbulence encountered (not associated with thunderstorms). One occurred in Japan near Mt. Fuji in 1966 with BOAC flight 911. Airplanes are engineered to take stress and strain from turbulence, and accidents like BOAC 911 have taught us a lot about avoiding areas where there may be severe turbulence. You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BOAC_Flight_911 Another incident that did not result in an accident, but did result in airplane damage, is covered here in this report from the NTSB. http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001211X16147
I hope this helps!
Laura

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I can help with questions about aviation disasters, aircraft operations especially general aviation and King Air information, aviation safety, and education questions on how to get into an aviation career. I can also answer general aviation questions as I am a commercial multi-engine pilot. I cannot answer questions about flight training or MBA schools in countries other than the USA or provide advice for non-US citizens interested in flight training. I cannot answer questions advising you what school to choose. I have no experience with aeronautical engineering so I cannot answer questions relating to engineering or schooling for aeronautical engineers. PLEASE don't ask me questions about any kind of engineering because it is outside my area of expertise, and I will NOT answer your question. I also cannot help you to choose a master's program for study as I do not have a master's degree in aviation. I cannot help with MBA advice.

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I have been studying aviation disasters through doing my own research and a lot of reading since I was 13 or 14 years old. I am very interested in aviation safety and also am a commercial, multi-engine pilot. I am Director of Flight Operations at a private university working in the flight training department. I also have worked as an operations manager at a small charter airline and was involved in getting the airline certificated under Part 121 rules. I was formerly a flight operations division manager for a company operating a large fleet of King Air aircraft (60) and so I have some business aviation experience as well as having flight instructed for one year after college. My operations manager job frequently involved coordinating international projects for aerial survey clients and hiring qualified pilots to fly aerial survey missions.

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Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Science with Flight Management Concentration: LeTourneau University (2004) :: Dispatch Certificate: Sheffield School of Aeronautics (2010) :: Commercial Pilot: Single and Multi Engine Land, Instrument Rating :: Flight Instructor: Single, Multi and Instrument :: Ground Instructor: Basic and Advanced

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