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Wake Turbulence

Gerald Quaye (JFK) is the Article 114 representative for Wake Turbulence. 

Background: Consolidated Wake Turbulence (CWT) will reduce and streamline the number of wake turbulence separation standards implemented in the national airspace (NAS). There are currently three (3) different orders that prescribe wake turbulence separation for facilities:  FAA JO 7110.65, FAA JO 7110.659-RECAT 1.5, and FAA JO 7110.126- CWT. Each order contains different separation minima that often does not work well together, increases workload, creates inefficiencies, and creates a disparity in separation standards between facilities. To maintain safety and increase efficiency, CWT was developed. CWT is a nine (9)-wake turbulence category system that incorporates the most efficient; data driven wake turbulence separation standards. CWT will provide controllers an overall increase in efficiency especially on final and departure. Deployment of CWT began in 2018 and will continue through 2022 culminating with the inclusion of CWT in the 7110.65.  Currently there is no plan to incorporate CWT in the enroute environment. 

Wake Re-Categorization (RECAT) Update 

On April 26, 2021 Indianapolis TRACON and all underlying facilities successfully went initial operating capability (IOC) and fully converted from RECAT 1.5 to CWT. This achievement represents the sixth time a facility district has implemented CWT in a remote/virtual environment. Facilities converted are listed below: 

•        Indianapolis International – ATCT (IND) 

•        Anderson Municipal-Darlington Field – ATCT (AID) 

•        Columbus Municipal – ATCT (BAK) 

•        Delaware County Regional – ATCT (MIE) 

•        Himsel Army Airfield – ATCT (HBE) 

•        Grissom Air Reserve Base – ATCT / RAPCON (GUS) 

•        Purdue University – ATCT (LAF) 

Training is underway for Chicago with IOC scheduled for the end of May. 

A revised CWT order has been drafted by AJV and AJT-3 and is making its way through the various Air Traffic Organization lines of business for concurrence and signatures. Publication of the revised order is slated for summer 2021.   

Gerald Quaye 
NATCA National Wake Turbulence Representative  

John F. Kennedy (JFK) ATCS 

wake@natca.net / gerald.quaye@natca.net 

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