Dbo861 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 814 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5573 times:
Today during my flight lesson, my instructor was talking about wake turbulence, and he said the 757 creates the more wake turbulence than any other plane. Anyone know why this is, and why Boeing hasn't added winglets to combat this wake turbulence? I'd think that something bigger would make the most wake turbulence, but what do I know.
Andersjt From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5452 times:
Not that I am an engineer, but I think it has something to do with the ratio of wing size to the size of the fuselage? That's my guess.
I don't think the winglets diminish wake turbulence. On a flight from SFO to LAX once, we went through some pretty rough wake turbulence. The captain came on to announce that it was residual from a KAL MD11 that was 30 minutes ahead of us. You could hear the cockpit communications on Channel 9. The MD11 has winglets.
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Vorticity From United States of America, joined May 2004, 337 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5429 times:
Aerodynamics is by no means a trival study. Size isn't the biggest factor, it has a lot to do with the wing design and so forth when it comes to wake turbulence. Adding winglets isn't trivial either, they have to be carefully designed to actually significantly help the situation, then they have to be certified and so forth. It seems Aviation Partners Boeing has hooked up with CO now for a winglet program on their 757's similar to the ones going on 737NGs. They probably have numbers on what this does to the wake turbulence, but I would guess it would improve. I'm not sure why it wasn't done earlier, maybe the 757 was good enough at the time, and it wasn't worth the money to redesign.
Avi8tir From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 398 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5287 times:
I dont think that the 757 is the worst. I think its just exceptionally worse than similar sized aircraft. Dont heavies get 3 miles? I think 757s get the same now. I remember the incident that started all of this years ago. A westwind with the founder of In-n-Out Burger crashed on a 3 mile final to SNA. Crashed into what is now the second half of the Santa Ana Automall at the 55 and Edinger. I think it was determined that it was folowing to close to a 757.
InnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 15 Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5226 times:
It isn't the worst, but they are given the same wake turbulence warnings that "heavies" do despite the fact that they don't meet the weight limit for a "heavy". It must be bad for their size or something.
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Greasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3066 posts, RR: 22 Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5132 times:
Engines have nothing to do with wake turbulence. It is caused by the vortices coming off the wing tips. Based on the Pressure differences from the top and bottom of the wing. Therefore it is the wing shape which cause wake turbulence.
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FL1TPA From United States of America, joined May 2004, 258 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5032 times:
I've read in a flight safety maual that because the 757 has a solid panel flap design it produces a stronger wake vortex than other larger a/c. 747, 777, A340 etc. have slots in the trailing edge flaps - you can see them when they extend for landing. These slot separations help dissipate a forming wake vortex. The 757 has no slots in the flaps which is more conducive to the formation of a wake vortex.
Kinda makes sense to me...
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WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1291 posts, RR: 18 Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4774 times:
Wake Turbulence, haha just realized that's my SN, can be caused by any commercial jet aircraft. At SNA there are many simultaneous take-offs and landings between commercial traffic and general aviation. Any time commercial traffic is within about 5 miles or less GA a/c are always warned weather it is an A320, 737 or a 757 ect. As far as ATA, they designate their 757-300's as heavies because they surpass the weight standards of normal commercial a/c. I don't think any of their -200's are designated as heavies. I think to be classified as a heavy an a/c needs to be over 255,000 lbs MTOW and the 757-200 is right at that weight. I think it is not classified as a heavy because it doesn't exceed this weight.
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1291 posts, RR: 18 Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4661 times:
Yes NWA, I will modify my previous statement. Most times the 757 will not be designated as a heavy a/c. Sometimes these a/c are certified to fly over their usual weight of 250,000 lbs, thus making them a heavy a/c. A lot of charter 757-200 a/c fall into this category. Thanks for pointing that out.
Also in the a/c stats page it says "basic max takeoff (220,000 lbs), medium range MTOW (240,000 lbs), and extended range (255,000 lbs or 255,550 lbs).
Steve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 470 posts, RR: 52 Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4572 times:
I remember there were a couple of incidents at LHR involving BA 757's at LHR shortly after their introduction, whereby wake turbulence was causing following aircraft to experience uncomfortable approaches.ATC subsequently re-classified the 757 as 'heavy' and increased the seperation.
QantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 34 Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4518 times:
First of all, wake turbulence is mixed function of the weight of the aircraft in question, its wing loading, and its configuration (a cleaner configuration leads - slightly counter-intuitively - to stronger wake turbulence). Engines play no part.
In the 757's case, it's relatively strong wake can be attributed mostly to its wing-flap geometry. However, it is sometimes only thought of as producing particularly strong wake turbulence simply because it's on the heavy end of the scale in its general weight class...
Yikes! From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 284 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4333 times:
Greasespot (what kinda handle izzat??) was spot on: engines have nothing to do with wake turbulence.
With the advent of low-drag approaches and associated techniques, the B757 was on the forefront of the "capture the G/S from above" procedure. In brief, from descent from altitude, power is left as close to flight idle as possible. Any slowing is accomplished by low level level-off, speedbrake, flap/gear deployment. More often than not, this results in a g/s capture from above.
Wake turbulence generation is at its maximum when an aircraft is fast and clean. Not to be confused with wingtip vortex generation.
Hence the 757 got tagged as a "heavy" with respects wake turbulence separation standards.
Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3492 posts, RR: 5 Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4311 times:
wake turbulence is present on any aircraft whether it's a skyhawk a king air or a concorde. The wake turbulence is only present when the wings are producing lift. And i may offer a correction:
The greatest wake turbulence wingtip vortex occurs when the generating aircraft is heavy, slow, in a clean configuration, and operating at a high angle of attack
Right out of my jep commercial book. here is their explanation for WV
whenever an airplane generates lift, air spills over the wingtips from the high pressure areas below the wings to the low pressure areas above them. This flow causes rapidly rotating whirlpools of air called wingtip vortices or wake turbulence
It mentions weight as an important factor in terms of WT, but it doesn't really say what about the wing has an influence. My guess is that because the surface area of the wing on a 757 appears to be smaller than most other commercial airplane wings of similiar aircraft, there is going to be more air distributed over a smaller area, so that means that more air is going to be put through the downwash and behind the wingtips, thus creating a greater amount of wake turbulence. Some kind of ratio of
air density/surface area
or something along those lines. I'm taking my aerodynamics class this fall so perhaps i can better shed light on the subject after that.
QantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 34 Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4251 times:
Wake turbulence generation is at its maximum when an aircraft is fast and clean. Not to be confused with wingtip vortex generation.
In fact, "wake turbulence generation" (i.e. the strength of wake turbulence) is at its maximum not when an aircraft is fast and clean, but when it is slow and clean. And I don't see how there could be a problem of confusion with wingtip vortex generation because wake turbulence is mostly a product of those vortices, and thus whenever those vortices are strongest, an aircraft's wake is.
Yikes! From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 284 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4131 times:
I think if you dig into Mechanics of Flight, it will state just what I quoted. Unfortunately I do not have a copy at the hotel here this summer!
If my statement is wrong, then heavy, fast and clean would produce the least wake turbulence. The worst wake turbulence I have ever run into is in trail of a 747 at altitude, 1000' below his altitude. And he'd been gone for 5 or 6 minutes per the ATC reply!
Back to the question, again, the 757 flight path profile at its best, intercepts the glide slope from above in a low-drag approach. If done correctly.
Liamksa From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 308 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4123 times:
I've always associated the levels of wake turbulence to be proportional to the AoA or pressure differential around the wing. Therefore expect the greatest wake turbulence behind a heavy, clean, slow aircraft.
However i've never had any actual encounters having been taught and read how dangerous it can be to a light aircraft - steer clear!
QantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 34 Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4095 times:
I think if you dig into Mechanics of Flight, it will state just what I quoted. Unfortunately I do not have a copy at the hotel here this summer... If my statement is wrong, then heavy, fast and clean would produce the least wake turbulence.
None my textbooks think so, and hopefully Mechanics of Flight doesn't really either, as it's otherwise quite a good book!
It does stand to reason anyway, though, that the strongest wake turbulence is definitely generated at slow rather than fast speeds. After all, slow flight is a high-Cl regime, and thus the strongest wingtip vortices (and corresponding wake turbulence) occur(s) there. Accordingly "heavy, fast, and clean" certainly doesn't produce the weakest wake. Rather "light, fast, and dirty" does, pretty intuitively...
Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3492 posts, RR: 5 Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4066 times:
Just because wake turbulence is the strongest when an a/c is slow, clean, heave and at a high aoa, doesn't mean that wake turbulence can just be shrugged off at any other time. Wake turbulence is present whenever the a/c is producing lift, so it's not like it's only noticeable after take off and near the ground. The worst wake i've ever encountered was behind an AA MD-80 @ MLI immediately after passing my private checkride. I acknowledged the caution wake turbulence and was about 400 feet off the ground i was violently jerked to the left and banked about 45 degrees in the same direction.
But just because thats the worst i've experienced doesn't mean it's the worst ever period. And why would heavy fast and clean produce the least amount? The "least" amount of wake turbulence from a heavy jet is like talking about the "smallest" atomic bomb, it's still gonna knock you around.
Nfield From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 38 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4039 times:
Having spent many a happy hour outside the Green Man pub - only 1/4 mile from touchdown LHR 27L - I can confirm that 757's seem to have the worst wake turbulence. It sounds like a gigantic sheet of paper being ripped up and you can see the surrounding trees getting a battering.
QantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 34 Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3985 times:
Just because wake turbulence is the strongest when an a/c is slow, clean, heave and at a high aoa, doesn't mean that wake turbulence can just be shrugged off at any other time.
Of course! Where there's lift there's a vortex and thus a wake (given a finite wing). Period. It wasn't that I was ignoring that fact, but as I understood things we were just trying to determine what extremes produce the strongest wake...