Turbulence is the most common fear associated with the Fear of Flying, so lets talk about it.
What is Turbulence?
Turbulence can be caused by a number of things, differential in surface temperatures causing a rising of air, the Jetstream, Weather Fronts, Thunderstorms or even other planes! What you need to understand is, turbulence is a very normal phenomenon, and it would be more uncommon for you to not have any turbulence, as opposed to experiencing some.
FlyHome, the leading source in Fear of Flying Relief Courses, says that there is a very common misunderstanding when it comes to turbulence. Clients feel as if the plane is "Dropping" hundreds, or even thousands of feet. I can assure you, this is NOT the case! The body can give many false illusions while flying through turbulence, and the plane is not "Dropping", it is more of a shift that can happen vertically, or laterally, however, the plane is producing so much lift at the speeds that it is flying, that "Dropping", is not in the equation.
To Understand the Turbulence Reports above, click on the Turbulence Report and it will tell you the classification (Light, Moderate or Severe), and it will also tell you the altitude and type of plane that reported this turbulence.
Mountains, larger bodies of water, coast lines, warmer climates and flying in proximity to the Jetstream.