January 30, 2013 - Capacity at Memphis
International Airport has increased
significantly since the FAA revised wake
turbulence separation standards. Memphis Tower
and TRACON were the first facilities to apply
the new standards on Nov. 1, 2012.
The re-categorization of separation standards
(RECAT) resulted from a decade of collaboration
between the FAA, DOT/Volpe National
Transportation System Center, EUROCONTROL and
the aviation industry.
Experts in wake turbulence, and safety and risk
analysis determined that decreasing separation
between similar type aircraft is as safe, or
safer than current standards and increases
efficiency and capacity.
RECAT is the latest example of how the Next
Generation Air Transportation System is
transforming the air traffic control system.
NextGen enhances safety, reduces delays, saves
fuel and reduces aviation’s environmental