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Abstract

Publishable synthesis report of project BRPR-CT96-0182
Report reference period: 01.05.1996 to 31.03.2000

Wake turbulence generated by an aircraft may be a hazard for the following aircraft. To protect against this risk, regulations specify minimum separation between aircraft during both approach and landing. Work is now underway to overcome this restriction, or at least to reduce the required separation under certain conditions, which would increase traffic capacity during peak periods and reduce saturation at heavily used airports. One effective approach - ensuring the required level of safety - is to install systems onboard aircraft capable of remotely detecting wake turbulence. This approach is the "raison d'etre" of the MFLAME project.

Among the MFLAME project main achievements are:
· the realisation and testing of a demonstrator, based on a 2 µm lidar, with original tracking method and signal processing
- the effective detection of wake vortices for all types of aircraft
- the definition attempt of a wake vortex severity factor

The MFLAME main result is the validation of the concept of on-board equipment for remote detection of wake-vortices, so as to guaranty the required level of safety during approaches at reduced separation distances. Industrial equipment for detection, warning and avoidance of wake-vortex, wind shear and other atmospheric hazards could be brought to market within 5 to 8 years.

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