This article describes the challenges facing airlines and manufactures, the potential for new technology, factors affecting systems design, and the near and far term needs of the air transportation industry. The key issues perceived as influencing air transport growth include market growth, energy needs, environmental issues, economics, product liability, and technology. Factors affecting systems design include community noise, airport capacity, and energy availability. Potential new technology affecting the aviation industry include air-foil technology improvements, swept-wing research, luminar flow control, fuel consumption improvements, turboprop engines, variable cycle engines, digital systems, and controls technology developments. It is noted that the largest segment in the market for new airliners will be for short to medium range airplanes; the U.S. airlines represent 60 per cent of the short-to-medium range market. It is expected that an all new airplane family in the 160 to 200 passenger size will be developed in the near future. In the long run, a quiet Short-haul Research Aircraft (ASRA) Program is under way to gain further information about developing a practical, quiet, propulsive-lift, short-haul transport. Further research is being conducted in the area of fuel conservation through new aircraft design. New developments in reactor design shielding, plus successful test of reactor containment in the event of a crash, have opened the possibility of using nuclear power as an aircraft fuel.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Civil Aviation Organization

    Attn: Document Sales Unit, 999 University Street
    Montreal, PQ  Canada  H3C 5H7
  • Authors:
    • Withington, H W
  • Publication Date: 1978-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 24-29
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176747
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ICAO Bulletin, Public Information Office
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM