• 14 of February, 2023
    10:00 > 15:00
  • Airport Tower
    Vienna , Austria
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Be the first to see the Plate Line - a ground-based device accelerating wake vortex decay

The DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics and Austro Control are organising a visitors’ day to present several wake decay enhancing solutions, which have been developed within the context of the SESAR SORT project. The solutions aim to further enhance flight safety and optimise runway capacity.

 The visitor day will present several aspects of the plate line concept, which accelerates wake vortex decay during final approach – the flight phase with most wake vortex encounters. Visitors will have a chance to see the the plate prototype for permanent installation at airports at the antenna testing ground Rauchenwarth. In the Vienna tower presentations will introduce the systematic selection process of the plate design, the documentation required for approval of plate installation by authorities, the quantification of the accelerated wake decay based on the Vienna measurement campaign and the respective estimates of potential runway throughput increases.


10:00 Welcome and Introduction (tbd.)

10:15 Plate Lines – Physical Mechanism and Previous Investigations (F. Holzäpfel)

10:40 Safety Gains and Potential Runway Throughput Increase (F. Holzäpfel)

11:10 Technical Plate Design for Permanent Installation (G. Rotshteyn)

11:40 Discussion

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Visit of Measurement Site


To register for this visitor day please send your name, surname and affiliation before 1st February 2023 to Johannes Schwarzenbacher (Johannes.Schwarzenbacher@austrocontrol.at) and Frank Holzäpfel (Frank.Holzaepfel@dlr.de). We are looking forward to seeing you in Vienna.