Turbulence may lie ahead for Airbus A380

22nd November 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 22 (AFP) - The Airbus A380 superjumbo airliner might add to congestion at international airports because following aircraft might have to hang back to avoid air turbulence, the International Civil Aviation Organization has warned, a newspaper report said on Tuesday.

PARIS, Nov 22 (AFP) - The Airbus A380 superjumbo airliner might add to congestion at international airports because following aircraft might have to hang back to avoid air turbulence, the International Civil Aviation Organization has warned, a newspaper report said on Tuesday.

The report, in the Wall Street Journal Europe, quoted from a document by the aviation body, published this month, saying that airliners may have to fly at least twice the normal distance behind the new airliner to avoid possible danger from vortex turbulence in its wake.

The report said that standards put out by the organzation this month were provisional and probably more cautious than formal rules expected next year.

But the newspaper commented that the overall effect of a rule delaying the arrival of following aircraft might be to reduce a cost-advantage selling point of the superjumbo, which is to increase efficiency at congested mainline airports.

The Airbus A380 can carry up to about 850 passengers and is due to go into service next year.

The ICAO report said that the "significantly stronger" turbulence left by the superjumbo, compared to the draft left by smaller airliners, indicated that the minimum distance left by following aircraft when landing should be 10 nautical miles instead of five, and that the distance in the air should be 15 miles.

The report quoted a spokesman for the German airline Lufthansa as saying that the airline operated at congested airports and that "it is crucial for us that the separation is the same as for a (Boeing) 747".

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Subject: French news

 

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