The present S-Wake project aims to develop and apply tools for assessing appropriate (safe) wake vortex separation distances. There are two reasons for addressing the wake vortex safety issue in S-Wake. The first reason is that Airbus Industries (and Boeing) are planning the construction of a new very large transport aircraft, which potentially introduces a larger hazard for following aircraft than existing large aircraft. Secondly, with the present wake vortex separation rules, the major airports in Europe become increasingly congested. The S-Wake project addresses these issues by investigating the levels of wake vortex safety behind the projected new aircraft and by developing and applying a safety assessment methodology, based on a probabilistic approach. A large database with quantitative data for wake vortex encounters (based on one year Flight-Data-Recording data for aircraft arriving at a major European airport) will be collected and analysed for validating essential part of the S-Wake project.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
TW6 2JA London
RG12 2SZ Bracknell
UB7 0LQ Uxbridge