Advanced Pilot Programs

WAKE TURBULENCE AND WING TIP VORTICES

by Ed Ward, Jr.
Executive Vice President, Chief Pilot, Head Of Training

Last Updated: March 14, 2006


Cliff Notes

  • Avoid region within 100 feet of the vortex core.
  • The most intense vortices occur following an airliner in the clean (gear, slats and flaps up) configuration.
  • Fly one dot below the glide slope (higher approach) if following a “heavy” on the ILS.
  • Land further down the runway from where the previous “heavy” airliner landed.
  • Plan your takeoff at a point before the previous “heavy” departed.
  • On a “missed approach”, fly at best angle of climb to avoid vortices of a previous “heavy” airliner that also missed on the approach.
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