Wake Vortex Research

Metis supports the NASA and FAA joint effort to develop systems for avoiding aircraft wake vortex hazards and to certify these systems for use in the National Airspace at NASA Langley Research Center.  The goal of the effort is to gain airport capacity in instrument meteorological conditions by permitting aircraft to operate closer together than current flight rules allow.

Metis staff supported improvement of wake vortex prediction models. This work included all aspects of the wake vortex research effort, including modeling and simulation, data and model validation, data collection and analysis, wake hazard assessment and research. We prepared conference abstracts and supported development of publication of research results.

Metis also analyzed data from NASA’s Large Eddy Simulation computer code known as the Terminal Area Simulation System (TASS), as well as performing modifications and development to both TASS and post processing software.