A380 Wake Turbulence Recommendations

 - December 6, 2006, 8:42 AM

The Airbus A380 Wake Vortex Steering Group recently issued new recommendations for A380 wake turbulence spacing. The group includes representatives from the FAA, JAA, Eurocontrol and Airbus. For a heavy aircraft following an A380 on approach and landing, add two nautical miles to the existing standard, for a total of six. Medium aircraft, add three, for a total of eight. And light aircraft, add four, for 10 total. Departure numbers are the same distance as approach/landing or for timed separation; heavy aircraft should wait two minutes, and medium and light aircraft three minutes.