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Features June 2016 Issue

Wake Turbulence: Silent But Deadly

Wake Turbulence: Silent But Deadly

You usually canít see it and you canít hear it, but wake turbulence can be deadly. ATC has rules to help, but in the end itís a shared responsibility.

A low morning fog crept onto the airport as I cleared a CRJ-900 regional jet for takeoff. The RJ lifted, passing just above the vaporous wall, and I switched him to Departure. I waited, watching for something I dealt with every day as an air traffic controller, but had never witnessed.

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