The JETFOIL is a second generation hydrofoil which employs gas turbine driven waterjets for propulsion, fully submerged hydrofoils to develop lift, and an automatic stabilization and control system to produce an excellent ride quality in rough water. In commercial passenger service throughout the world, the JETFOILS have carried two million passengers approximately 100 million passenger miles reliably and dependably. Passenger acceptance of the wide body comfort, smooth ride and cruise speed of 50 miles an hour has been extremely high and load factors have continued to increase. The JETFOIL is environmentally clean, it is quiet and it can be used in congested areas safely and without imposing itself in any way on other users of the marine environment either pleasure or commercial. The primary emphasis of this presentation is to describe the in-service experience of this relatively new and highly advanced marine vehicle and to show how the craft could be used in Metropolitan transit operations. Several specific analyses of operations presently under consideration are shown and the economic aspects discussed. The presentation also deals with some of the key technical considerations which are likely to determine the economic viability of any advanced marine system and therefore determine the ultimate success or failure of the system. (Extensive use was made of films and slides.)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of Second International Waterborne Transportation Conference, October 5-7, 1977, New York City. Available April, 1978, approximately 750 pages, Cost: to ASCE members $15.00; non-members $30.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10017-2398
  • Authors:
    • Shultz, W M
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00170272
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1981 12:00AM