THE HELICOPTER AIR SERVICE PASSENGER PROGRAM: A RETROSPECT

An attempt is made to explain the initial expectations for helicopter development and the reasons behind the helicopters ability or inability to fulfill its predicted role in moving large numbers of people in cities and between cities and outlying areas. Basic helicopter characteristics and capabilities, the rationale behind the helicopter experiment, and the effects of a federal subsidy granted to industry are discussed, and four certified helicopter carrier operations are analyzed. A number of factors (high capital and maintenance costs of equipment, high price of purchasing service, and competition from alternate modes) are noted that contributed to the limited market penetration of helicopter services. Regardless of the helicopter's technical capabilities, conditions on the ground powerfully determine the potential demand. Sharp improvements in the flight portion of trips be accompanied by reductions in waiting and other delay times on the ground.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Graduate School of Management
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90024
  • Authors:
    • Yeomans, T
    • MITTELBACH, F G
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 51 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141493
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Ocasional Paper 10
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 1 1976 12:00AM