Wingtip vortices are extremely dangerous for smaller aircraft, but don't winglets stop wingtip vortices from occuring? If so, why don't more aircraft have them? Or is there more to it? Thanks
Does FS2004 simulate wingtip vortices?
No, I don't believe it does.
Thanks for that article RadarMan, it was very useful
I would still be reticent to follow to close to a heavy with vertical wing tips. However they do contribute significantly to lift. They in effect block the air from under the wing from reaching the top of the wing, in so doing they preserve a higher pressure gradient between the bottom and top of the wing. Thism akes the wing more efficient at cruise by lowering induced drag vs given lift. It's worth an extra 5% in range at cruise alt. or a little more speed for the same fuel burn.
Thanks Leadfoot, I read about the pressure gradient etc and how winglets decrease induced drag. Thats why I thought it strange that not a lot of aircraft have them. Thanks again
I really don't see how they could be totally eliminated. I don't fly behind big aircraft in my Cessna