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Synthesis report on Contract No BRRT-CT98-5050

One significant area where concern is raised over air traffic growth limitation is wake turbulence. Aircraft flying behind other aircraft, or crossing their flight path sometime thereafter, may encounter severe turbulence from a preceding aircraft.

WakeNet, the Thematic Network Wake Vortex, brought together a variety of stakeholders in the field of wake vortex: aircraft manufacturers, air traffic management, airports and pilots. The network organised six workshops on this topic. All of them were very positively received. Each workshop was summarised and evaluated by a specialist in the respective topic.

WakeNet produced a position paper providing a consolidated view of research and industry partners on wake vortex issues and research in Europe.

The network was active for 4 years, from 15 April 1998 to 14 April 2002. Due to the large interest, a successor, WakeNet2, will start in the second half of 2002, being co-ordinated by NLR.

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