A STUDY OF AIRCRAFT TOWING AS PROPOSED FOR BOSTON-LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The purpose of this study was to analyze the impact of the proposed revisions to airport rules at Logan International Airport regarding ground movement of aircraft by towing in lieu of taxiing in selected areas. Impacts in the areas of safety, economics, capacity, and environment were major considerations. The methods used in this study varied depending upon the subject matter under review in the areas of (1) safety--historical data from operating airlines was reviewed, (2) economics--previous economic data regarding the adjacent neighborhoods was evaluated and compared, (3) capacity--actual experience of an involved airline was used, and (4) environment--readings of noise were made under operational conditions. The results of this study are: (a) the proposed extended towing is hazardous; and (b) it raises problems in communications, creates congestion, exposes ground personnel to jet blast, and passengers standing in aisles to possible injury. The conclusions are that additional studies of these impacts should be made before these proposed revised rules are made mandatory at Logan International Airport. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Unified Industries, Inc., Alexandria, Va. Availability: Microfiche copies only.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Gellman Research Associates, Incorporated

    100 West Avenue
    Jenkintown, PA  USA  19046
  • Publication Date: 1977-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 257 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00159130
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-AEQ-77-5
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA77WAI-728
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1978 12:00AM