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Old 09-03-2016, 09:48 AM   #1  
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Default Overflying Hurricanes

What are some characteristics that can be expected when overflying tropical systems? I observed flights heading to south Florida a few days ago and tops in the bands were FL550 so I'm curious how to safely accomplish this having not flown geographically near a hurricane. Are you IMC the entire time? Is it bumpy the entire time? Bad time for a depress? Just surprised me to see flights filed over the top of the eye even.
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:36 PM   #2  
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Bumpy in the tops, but sorta stratified lower, constant "fire-flies." A good bit of cloud to cloud lightning. Lower altitudes bumpy. I heard a Coastie one night, looking for a fishing boat, sounded like he was in a chopper. (C-130)
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Typically a number of thunder cells rising out of the weather below are the primary hazard, as can be a place to go if a descent is required. Expect warmer temperatures aloft with a potential lower optimum altitude and reduced efficiency.
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:10 PM   #4  
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I flew over Hurricane Sandy enroute to the NBAA that year. Smooth as glass on top of cirrus at F450, passenger in the back was taking a shower (yes, we had one in a Global). JAX asked us to descent to F410 for traffic--got pretty bumpy then.

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Curious if someone could chime in on flying the WATRS region this week, especially if you were in the low-mid 30s to/from Caribbean. Nothing specific I am asking, just what it was like and what your routing may have been like, further toward BDA?
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