A Proposed Transportation System for Roadable Aircraft

Production of a cost competitive roadable aircraft (roadcraft?) that meets all pertinent safety and performance standards, both on the ground side and the air side is eminent. Unfortunately, our highway system and air traffic control system are not currently coordinated in a manner conducive to roadable aircraft operation. The use of roadable aircraft would become much more attractive if some sort of rational transportation system existed for accommodating them. The purpose of this paper is to make an initial stab at proposing such a system. The existing interstate highway system offers a widespread, comprehensive public-owned ground skeleton over which low level air corridors for roadable aircraft could be oriented. In addition, the interstate system offers a substantial amount of existing public right-of-way along which adjacent runways could be constructed; runways with direct ramp connections to the interstate highway for quick and efficient air-to-road and road-to-air transition. Advanced global positioning system (GPS) technology located within each roadable aircraft would be used to guide the vehicle along the desired path. The various air routes would be displayed on each roadable aircraft’s GPS system as a set of lateral boundaries, allowing for straightforward navigation. The key to safe operation will be the automated closure of air routes when weather conditions become unfavorable and, as vehicle control systems become more sophisticated, elimination of human intervention in favor of automated vehicle control to the maximum extent possible.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01151272
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-1123
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:30AM