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Terminal Area Wingtip Collisions


The collision of aircraft wingtips in terminal areas of airports are a key concern due to safety, operational disruptions, and costs. Air frame structures which have been involved in collisions require significant evaluation and the potential for expensive and lengthy maintenance, which causes an aircraft to be out of service for a period of time – leading to passenger delays and incurring operator costs. This research should evaluate the conditions under which wingtip collision occur, including factors such as inclement weather, parking striping responsibilities, terminal area configuration, aircraft type, congestion, obstructions, and other potentially causal factors. Following an evaluation of the typical conditions present during the incident, mitigation strategies should be developed to reduce the occurrence of wingtip collisions. A review of best practices by airports, operators, and pilots may provide useful information about typical conditions for wingtip collisions, best practices, areas for improvement, and potential mitigation strategies. These mitigation strategies should include operational and design aspects that can be implemented by key stakeholders.

A project duration of 18 to 24 months and a $300,000 to $400,000 budget is expected to complete the research.


Develop mitigation strategies to reduce the occurrence of wingtip collisions

Sponsoring Committee:AV070, Aircraft/Airport Compatibility
Date Posted:03/31/2013
Date Modified:08/18/2015
Index Terms:Airport operations, Aircraft accidents, Wings (Aircraft), Wingtip collisions, Aviation safety, Air pilots, Airport terminals, Best practices,
Cosponsoring Committees: 
Safety and Human Factors
Terminals and Facilities

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