Quiz: Wake Turbulence Avoidance

As an airplane wing flies through the air an invisible danger swirls in its wake. The aerodynamic phenomenon known as wingtip vortices leaves behind a circular pattern of rotating air. The resulting wake turbulence can be a serious hazard to light aircraft and a firm knowledge of their creation and dissipation is essential to staying safe while in the cockpit.

Wake turbulence is especially hazardous in the region behind an aircraft in the takeoff or landing phases of flight. During takeoff and landing, aircraft operate at high angle of attack. This flight attitude maximizes the formation of strong vortices. In the vicinity of an airport there can be multiple aircraft, all operating at low speed and low height, and this provides extra risk of wake turbulence with reduced height from which to recover from any upset.

Can you successfully answer all these wake turbulence questions?

The greatest vortex strength occurs when the generating aircraft is
The greatest vortex strength occurs when the generating aircraft is
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Wingtip vortices created by large aircraft tend to
Wingtip vortices created by large aircraft tend to
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How does the wake turbulence vortex circulate around each wingtip?
How does the wake turbulence vortex circulate around each wingtip?
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Wingtip vortices are created only when an aircraft is
Wingtip vortices are created only when an aircraft is
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When landing behind a large aircraft, which procedure should be followed for wake turbulence avoidance?
When landing behind a large aircraft, which procedure should be followed for wake turbulence avoidance?
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The wind condition that requires maximum caution when avoiding wake turbulence on landing is a
The wind condition that requires maximum caution when avoiding wake turbulence on landing is a
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When departing at an airport where heavy aircraft are operating, you can avoid wake turbulence by
When departing at an airport where heavy aircraft are operating, you can avoid wake turbulence by
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