Battling strong winds in cruise

Does anyone have any tips for battling strong winds in cruise? I currently am experiencing 113kts crosswind up at 37000 feet and my 737 is shaking around a bit.

Just in general, does anyone have any strategies like changing speed or altitude when at cruise to create a more comfortable flight for your passengers?

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Turn the seat belt sign on, pray and hold on tight… 😂

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I would recommend change your cruise level, then you can go around the hard winds

Declan as always more creative than me

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Well you stole my profile picture also by the looks of things…

But in all seriousness @Liam06, changing your cruising altitude can help. A lot of it is just trial and error.

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@WingContact or @Declan_O, Is it an increase or decrease in altitude or just pick a direction (up or down) and hope it finds different winds?

you were my inspiration for it :’(

apparently you don’t like your fans…

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It all depends on the area, I recommend using any website with wind data, those sites will show you a bit more information about the windstorms, this includes the storm altitude and some other things

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A good one I use for gliding is “windy” it’s an app for iPhone (probably android) and it works in a internet browser.

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Thanks ill check it out

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IRL in severe turbulence it is also possible (and I believe recommended) to reduce the cruise speed by a bit to a ‘ turbulence penetration speed/Mach‘. More information can be found in this excellent Airbus article (the lower part deals with how to act in case of moderate → severe turbulence):

https://safetyfirst.airbus.com/managing-severe-turbulence/

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Thanks. Haha I did the opposite of that and increased my speed thinking that I’ll just cut through the winds lol. I got a lot to learn thanks for the link.

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Tell the passengers to make sure their wigs are glued down

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Change your flightplan in order to be more pushed by the winds if possible. That will help you using less fuel and getting faster to destination. If not, turn the seat belts sign on and pray that the autopilot doesn’t disconnect automatically before going to sleep or else, RIP XP haha

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