new 747-8 widebody will
need to undergo trials to determine aircraft separation for wake turbulence
vortex tests are “clearly something we’re going to have to do” for the 747-8,
the program’s VP marketing Randy Tinseth
confirmed today at a Paris Air Show briefing.
747-8 is competing with the Airbus A380. Representatives of Airbus, the US FAA,
Eurocontrol and the Joint
Aviation Authorities participated in a steering group that spent three years
investigating the potential impact of A380 wake vortices.
year, they concluded that aircraft trailing the A380 will have to maintain
greater separation distances during approach and departure than those currently
enforced for other ‘heavy’ jets.
recently told ATI sister publication Flight International that it is
confident the 747-8 will not be dramatically affected by the wake vortex issues
that have dogged the A380. The 747-8 is smaller and lighter than the A380 and
its wake vortices are expected to only be “a little bit more” than today’s
747-400, said Boeing Commercial Airplanes VP marketing Randy Baseler.
meanwhile, is forecasting demand through 2026 for 960 aircraft in the size
category of the 747 and larger. This includes 370 freighters and 590 passenger
Cargolux, the launch
customer for the 747-8 freighter, will begin taking delivery of the type in