THE POTENTIAL FOR HELICOPTER PASSENGER SERVICE IN MAJOR URBAN AREAS

An interurban helicopter cost model having the capability of selecting an efficient helicopter network for a given city in terms of service and total operating costs was developed. This model which is based upon the relationship between total and direct operating costs and the number of block hours of helicopter operation is compiled in terms of a computer program which simulates the operation of an intracity helicopter fleet over a given network. When applied to specific urban areas, the model produces results in terms of a break-even air passenger market penetration rate, which is the percent of the air travelers in each of those areas that must patronize the helicopter network to make it break even commercially. A total of twenty major metropolitan areas are analyzed and are ranked initially according to cost per seat mile and then according to break-even penetration rate.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Duke University

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Durham, NC  USA  27706
  • Authors:
    • DAJANI, J S
    • STORTSTROM, R G
    • Warner, D B
  • Publication Date: 1977-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 94 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167193
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-145224
  • Contract Numbers: NSG-1121
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1981 12:00AM