AIRPORTS AGAIN: ACCESS OR AVOIDANCE?

A MAJOR PROBLEM TODAY IS THE INCREASING INABILITY OF THE PRESENT AIR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM TO ACCOMMODATE THE BURGEONING DEMAND FOR AIR TRAVEL. THE CONVENTIONAL AIRPORT SYSTEM ITSELF IS SUBJECT TO DIMINISHING RETURNS ON FURTHER INVESTMENT, AND AVIATION PLANNERS HAVE BEGUN TO LOOK SERIOUSLY AT ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF SHORT-HAUL AIR TRANSPORT. PRIMARY AMONG THESE ALTERNATIVES IS A VERTICAL TAKE-OFF AND LANDING SYSTEM SINCE THE COSTS OF DEVELOPING A VTOL SYSTEM ARE EQUAL TO OR LESS THAN THOSE OF ITS ALTERNATIVES, THE QUESTION WOULD SEEM TO DEPEND ON THE BENEFITS THAT THOSE COSTS WILL PERMIT. THERE IS A GROWING FEELING THAT A PROPERLY IMPLEMENTED INTERCITY VTOL SYSTEM WILL RELIEVE NEARLY HALF THE PRESSURE ON TODAY'S AIRPORTS, REMOVING SHORT-HAUL PASSENGERS TO MORE APPROPRIATE AND CONVENIENT FACILITIES AND AT THE SAME TIME MAKING AVAILABLE URGENTLY NEEDED VTOL AIRPORT AND AIRWAY SPACE FOR LONG-HAUL AIR TRANSPORT. /HRIS/

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    Eno Transportation Foundation

    1250 I Street, NW, Suite 750
    Washington, DC  USA  20005
  • Authors:
    • Lawrence, D S
  • Publication Date: 1970-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 5-20
  • Serial:
    • Traffic Quarterly
    • Volume: 24
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Eno Transportation Foundation
    • ISSN: 0041-0713

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201742
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 25 1970 12:00AM