This paper is intended to show what would be necessary for a heliport suitable for scheduled helicopter services should a vehicle become available which proves economically viable for inter-city services. BEA is considering the possibility of scheduled services from Central London to near-European capitals and in this respect, some preliminary investigation of sites has been carried out. This paper is concerned with a heliport which will meet the required standards of safety and regularity, and will provide passenger handling facilities, car parking and support services at least comparable with equivalent fixed wing operations. Other types of landing place for helicopters, such as helipads, helistops, and conventional airports are outside the scope of the paper although similar design criteria may apply to these facilities. The attractiveness of the helicopter is derived from its ability to reach areas otherwise inaccessible to air transport, thus providing rapid direct access to city centres and without the large and expensive airfields required for fixed wing operations. In order to make maximum use of this advantage and ensure a continuing role for the helicopter as a means of transport, it is important that adequate provision is made well in advance, particularly in city centres where the demand for heliport facilities is greatest; suitable sites are few and costs are high.

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    Royal Aeronautical Society

    4 Hamilton Place
    London S1V 0BQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Slocombe, A E
  • Publication Date: 1973-5

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  • Pagination: p. 230-233
  • Serial:
    • Aeronautical Journal
    • Volume: 77
    • Issue Number: 749
    • Publisher: Royal Aeronautical Society
    • ISSN: 0001-9240

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  • Accession Number: 00155560
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM