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This final report covers work completed for a feasibility study of Wake Vortex Reporting Systems (WVRS)) and meteorological monitoring systems at 7 European airports. Current measures to prevent wake vortex incidents include the definition of safe minimum separations in distance and time based only on leading and following aircraft weight classifications. It is possible that the current separation rules are over protective and if current theoretical models of wake vortex behaviour were validated, then new rules might be applied which could result in an increase in scheduled traffic density. In order to gather a comprehensive range of data on wake vortex incidents and amass data on airport meteorological and wind conditions, it would be necessary to implement a wake vortex reporting scheme and meteorological data capture system at European airports.

The objectives of the current study are:
to establish the feasibility and costs of implementing a wake vortex incident and reporting scheme, including data storage and retrieval and administration at 7 European airports;
to assess the feasibility of applying the data captured in the validation of theoretical wake vortex models;
to establish the feasibility and costs of implementing an integrated system for recording meteorological data at the same airports. rts.

Additional information

Authors: CEC, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1996) 180pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the Transport Programme Office, European Commission, DG VII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-5839-7
Record Number: 199630101 / Last updated on: 1997-02-03
Original language: en
Available languages: en