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A Method for Assessing the Impact of Wake Vortices on USAF Operations

Report Number: AFFDL TR 79-3060
Author(s): G. Kurylowich
Corporate Author: Control Dynamics Branch
Laboratory: Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1979-07-01
Pages: 110
Contract: Laboratory Research - No Contract
Project: 2403
Task: 240305
AD Number: ADA072967

Experience as a consultant to the Safety Office at Norton AFB led to compiling the engineering tools presented so that this report can be used by engineering personnel to investigate future incidents/accidents and existing USAF operations that are impacted by the vortical wake hazard. The approach presented is amenable to easy hand computations. Mixed airplane/helicopter operations can be assessed, since the engineering tools to determine the location and strength of the rotor downwash field behind a helicopter are presented. Finally, a simplified mathematical model is given to represent this hazard for use in USAF simulators, to make pilots aware of the problems associated with operating in wake-contaminated airspace.

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