There are different classifications for aircraft types, mainly for wake turbulence separation. Most of these separation standards have been established through bitter experience.
I operate in the Medium category (Large in the Wiki page) and being up to 79 tonnes (174 000lbs) anything lighter than us had better not fly too close behind. And so the pecking order goes up to Heavy, then Super.
There is only one aircraft in the Super category at this time which is the Super (Ugly) Airbus A380. They are not sure what separation standard to set, time and distance wise, behind one of these puppies. For the time being they are erring on the side of caution. And so am I. I don't want to be the first person to find out I was following too closely!
The video below was shot at Sydney (YSSY) this morning. It is only smart phone vision, but you get the idea.
Home now after five days on the road and actually looking forward to mowing the lawn, chasing the kids around and riding some 'cycles!
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