Airbus said yesterday that it "disagrees" with ICAO's interim recommendation that there be 10 nm. of separation between the A380 and aircraft landing behind it. Speaking at the company's annual technical press briefing in Toulouse, Senior VP-Flight Division Claude Lelaie described the ICAO position as "not reality." He said Airbus's own extensive testing reveals that heavy aircraft need to be separated from the A380 by just 6 nm. on approach to avoid complications from its wake vortex, or 1 ...

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