Without major changes, the current air transportation system will be unable to accommodate the expected increase in demand by 2025. One proposal to address this problem is to use the Global Positioning System to enable aircraft to fly more closely spaced. This approach, however, might be limited by the wake turbulence problem, which can be a safety hazard when smaller aircraft follow relatively larger aircraft too closely. To examine how this potential hazard might be reduced, Congress in 2005 directed NASA to request a study from the NRC to assess the federal wake turbulence R&D program. This book provides a description of the problem, an assessment of the organizational challenges to addressing wake turbulence, an analysis of the technical challenges in wake turbulence, and a proposal for a wake turbulence program plan. A series of recommendations for addressing the wake turbulence challenge are also given.
Table of Contents
|2 Organizational Challenges in Wake Turbulence Research||24-28|
|3 Technical Challenges in Wake Turbulence Research||29-59|
|4 Wake Turbulence Program Plan||60-65|
|5 Findings and Recommendations||66-70|
|Appendix A: Statement of Task||73-74|
|Appendix B: Committee Biographies||75-80|
|Appendix C: List of Speakers||81-82|
|Appendix D: Acronyms and Abbreviations||83-84|
|Appendix E: Sample Wake Encounter Reporting Form||85-86|
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