The Fokker-VFW F-28 a European short-haul jet has unique features which enhance the compatibility of this aircraft with the air traffic control (ATC) system. The F-28 offers the controller great flexibility because it can take off with full load from runways in the 4000-5000 foot bracket, depending on field elevation and temperature. Because the F-28 has a lower gear loading and low pressure tires, it generally has the versatility to use runways of lower bearing strength than other jet transport. The F-28 has a noisefootprint 50% smaller than that of the DC-9. F-28 designers have maximized climb and descent performance. The high rate of climb helps ATC in getting departures above arriving traffic. It also shortens climb distance so that the aircraft can fly a greater proportion of its route at cruising speed. The capability of the F-28 to slow down very quickly is useful to ATC. Other advantages are seen in the location of the speed brakes. The F-28 has a high average block-to-block speed. Further descent and approach characteristics are noted. The aircraft design is optimized for short field performance and is characterized by low approach speeds and forceful aerodynamic and wheel braking. The F-28 aircraft is certified by the FAA for a landing runway length of only 3180 feet under standard sea-level conditions at maximum landing weight. It is noted that the application of the controllable-drag concept, as exemplified in the design of the F-28 is an important step for the future.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Air Traffic Control Association

    525 School Street, SW, Suite 409
    Washington, DC  United States  20024
  • Authors:
    • VICKERS, T K
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 6-9
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183866
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1979 12:00AM