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Wake Turbulence: An Obstacle to Increased Air Traffic Capacity (2008)

Chapter: Appendix A: Statement of Task

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2008. Wake Turbulence: An Obstacle to Increased Air Traffic Capacity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12044.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2008. Wake Turbulence: An Obstacle to Increased Air Traffic Capacity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12044.
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A Statement of Task The National Research Council will assemble a committee to conduct an independent analysis of what should be the appropriate elements of a national approach to overcoming wake turbulence challenges. The analy- sis will include the following: Step 1:  An analysis to identify what are the most important challenges to address, and why. These challenges should be prioritized, and strong consideration should be given to the impact of the ability to solve these challenges on the successful realization of the NGATS. A recommendation will be made as to which federal agency, or agencies, including NASA, the FAA, NOAA, or other, should lead the research effort for each of the identified challenges.  The committee will then develop a draft program plan that addresses these challenges. This plan will include milestones, metrics, and a schedule. Step 2: An assessment of the current relevant research being con- ducted by NASA, the FAA, and other federal government agencies. The existing and/or potential gaps between the recommended program from Step 1 and the current research activities will be identified. Recommenda- tions will be made regarding how best to address these identified gaps. Step 3: A review of research being conducted by nonfederal govern- ment organizations within the United States and by foreign organiza- tions in the area of wake turbulence. Of interest is the extent to which 73

74 APPENDIX A this non-U.S.-federal government research is being sufficiently leveraged by the existing national research program(s). This will include propos- ing changes in roles and responsibilities required in existing partner- ships including FAA/Eurocontrol Action Plan 14 and WakeNet USA, as applicable.

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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.

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