About this website

The Wake Knowledge Hub is the central depository for all relevant information concerning the reduction of wake-vortex separation. The hub is meant to serve as a one-stop-shop for all parties interested in the subject. As such, it contains information in the form of documents, presentations, multimedia elements, conference papers, and reports that can be consulted by air traffic controllers, pilots and regulators.

You can look for information in 5 different ways:

Wake Turbulence

Here, the physics and hazards of wake turbulence are explained. Information and methods on wake turbulence measurements and hazard characterisation are also presented.

Solutions

This is where you will find the set of solutions and research directions developed by EUROCONTROL to cope with wake turbulence and limit its impact on airport operations.

Hubs

The knowledge base has been categorised into 4 hubs for you to quickly and efficiently access information that is most relevant to your needs.

Library

If you want to look for documents relating to a specific topic, you can search the knowledge base using tags or search
terms of your choice using the Library.

Activities

In this section you can read about our participation in conferences, demonstrations, workshops and other events.

Who we are

The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) is an intergovernmental organisation with 41 States, committed to building, together with its partners, a Single European Sky that will deliver the air traffic management (ATM) performance required for the twenty-first century and beyond.

The EUROCONTROL Airport Research Unit supports Airspace Users, Airports and Air Navigation Service Providers with operational, technical and validation expertise and capabilities to address current and future Airport ATM issues and challenges.

Our approach

With the purpose of delivering mature prototypes and guidance material to bring safety, efficiency, environment and capacity benefits, our operations covers two main operational focus areas:  Runway Throughput & Surface Management, and Total Airport Management. Therefore, our focus is settled on:

  • runway throughput (wake vortex, separation minima and GBAS enabled improvements);
  • runway occupancy;
  • surface management (A-SMGCS planning, routing and guidance);
  • airport safety nets for controllers;
  • total airport management (Airport Operations Centre APOC, Air and Landside processes);
  • integrating airports into the ATM network.