Reduced separation distance often safe

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 4 July 2008



(2008), "Reduced separation distance often safe", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 80 No. 4.



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Reduced separation distance often safe

Article Type: Safety notes From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 4

Can aircraft take off at shorter intervals? NLR recently conducted a study assessing the possibilities to do so safely. The study “Risk-Based Decision Support for New Air Traffic Operations with Reduced Aircraft Separation” shows that smaller separation distances between aircraft is one means of increasing airport capacity. However, for reasons of safety, wake vortices must be taken into account. New systems aboard aircraft and in the control tower can now better predict the location of these vortices.

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