In Chapter 2, the committee discusses the roles of various federal agencies and recommends that the FAA take leadership and oversight of wake turbulence research as a whole; that NASA assist in aeronautics and airspace systems research; that the JPDO assist in identifying research needs and providing system-level studies, and that the WRF modeling group expand its weather prediction system to include parameters needed for wake vortex characterization and implementation of dynamic spacing.

In the past, federal wake turbulence research has taken advantage of outside resources. The Volpe Transportation Research Center has collected a great deal of the existing empirical data. MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development has performed systems modeling and human-in-the-loop testing. MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory has researched localized weather prediction and built operational prototypes of FAA systems. Companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northwest Research Associates and universities like George Mason University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Naval Postgraduate School have also been involved.

Recommendation 4-3: The federal wake turbulence R&D enterprise should continue its relationships with a balanced mix of government laboratories, industry, and academia.

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