Of primary concern is the safety of airspace procedures in mountainous areas which are critical and difficult. Very few sites have good obstruction clearances for aircraft approaching the runway or taking off. Another serious consideration is that construction in these areas is expensive, for the airport and for the facilities that are required for its operation, such as highways, power lines, fuel lines and water supply. This paper describes the experiences and approach of the authors and their associates in undertaking the site selection and master planning for future airport development at Quito, Ecuador which is at 2,812 meters elevation. The city's airport has experienced major impacts from commercial aviation growth in the last two decades. As commercial aircraft traffic increases, the airport is becoming overtaxed physically and environmentally. Major improvements are required to remedy this situation. Since this same problem may be facing other airports in similar regions, experiences at Quito may of interest.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • For Meeting held May 1-4, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Francillon, R J
    • Beatty, J P
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00188580
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 780532
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1979 12:00AM