STOL AIRCRAFT - A PERSPECTIVE

The leading characteristics of the STOL aircraft are examined with particular reference to design features essential to a short take-off and landing. The choice of powerplants and lifting systems is discussed with emphasis on the requirements for powered lift in the larger sizes of aircraft. The augmentor-wing is described as an example of of an integrated propulsion lifting system with promise of a high performance. The phases of the take-off, transition, climb and landing manoeuvre are reviewed to illustrate the relative importance of various parameters in design and operation. The importance is stressed of good stability characteristics and effective controls for manoeuvring in a confined air space and a consistent landing performance. The requirements of a para-military mobile force for a rapid response, deployment overseas and transportation in an area are examined. Attention is drawn to the growing requirement for short-haul, commuter and air taxi aircraft with STOL characteristics. It is shown that the cost of STOL ports is not an excessive portion of total system costs when all factors are taken into account. Some forecasts are made as to future development trends in transport systems using STOL aircraft.

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    Royal Aeronautical Society

    4 Hamilton Place
    London S1V 0BQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Hiscocks, R D
  • Publication Date: 1968-1

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  • Accession Number: 00074305
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: FLIGHT TRANSPORTATION LABORATORY, MIT DEPT. OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Vol 72 No 685
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 5 1974 12:00AM