SKYLOUNGE AIR VEHICLE STUDY - FINAL REPORT

THE REPORT DELINEATES DESIGN REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR COMPONENT SUB-SYSTEMS IN THE PROPOSED SKYLOUNGE TRANSPORTATION CONCEPT. THIS UNIQUE DESIGN EMPLOYS MODIFIED SIKORSKY S-64A AIRCRAFT TO FACILITATE AIRPORT ACCESS FOR BOTH PASSENGERS AND CARGO; THE HELICOPTER IS USED TO TRANSPORT MOBILE PODS FROM URBAN LOADING CENTERS DIRECTLY TO AIRPORT BOARDING AREAS. THE PURPOSE WAS TO SUMMARIZE BASIC REQUIREMENTS AND DESIGN CRITERIA FOR THE AIRCRAFT AND SUPPORT FACILITIES. BASIC ENGINEERING CONSIDERATIONS ARE OUTLINED IN DETAIL WITH REFERENCE TO MONTH-BY-MONTH DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULES, TOTAL SYSTEM COSTS, MODIFICATIONS IN THE AIRCRAFT DESIGN, FULFILLMENT OF REQUIREMENTS PRESCRIBED BY FEDERAL REGULATORY AGENCIES, LOAD CAPABILITIES, AERODYNAMIC CRITERIA, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, INSTRUMENTATION, AND OTHER SUBSYSTEMS. THE REPORT SPECIFIES PRECISION STANDARDS FOR ALL BASIC COMPONENTS OF THE AIRCRAFT. COMMUNICATIONS AND NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT TO BE USED BY THE SKYLOUNGE SYSTEM ARE PRESENTED IN DETAIL. REQUIREMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE AND SPARE PARTS ARE DISCUSSED ALONG WITH SPECIFICATIONS FOR SERVICE FACILITIES AND SITE SELECTION. AN OPERATIONAL PARAMETER REPORT IS PROVIDED WHICH ESTIMATES PERFORMANCE OF THE AIRCRAFT UNDER A WIDE VARIETY OF CONDITIONS, BROKEN DOWN BY AMBIENT TEMPERATURE, ALTITUDE, VELOCITY, CLIMBING AND DECENT, RANGE, AND LOAD FACTORS. A RECOMMENDED TESTING PLAN IS EXAMINED BRIEFLY ALONG WITH PROPOSED REQUIREMENTS FOR PERSONNEL AND TRAINING. BECAUSE SKYLOUNGE INVOLVES UNIQUE OPERATIONAL AND ENGINEERING CONSIDERATIONS, THE MANPOWER PROGRAM IS GIVEN PARTICULAR ATTENTION. OVERALL, THE AUTHORS CONCLUDE THAT THE SYSTEM FEASIBILITY HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED IN ALL DESIGN AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS. IN ADDITION, THE CONCEPT MAY BE PARTICULARLY ADAPTABLE FOR FREIGHT MOVEMENT OPERATIONS IN WHICH PRE-CONTAINERIZED CARGO WOULD BE MOVED FROM SHIPPERS DIRECTLY TO THE AIRPORT LOADING PLATFORMS. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO CAL-MTD-8
  • Corporate Authors:

    Sikorsky Aircraft Division

    United Aircraft Corporation
    Stratford, CT  USA 
  • Publication Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242166
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 19 1973 12:00AM