V/STOL Concepts in Short Haul Air Transport

by Bernard L. Fry, Manager; Transp. Systems Analysis, Res. Div., Dept. of Transport, Province of Ontario, Canada,
R. William DeDecker, Manager; Market Planning, Business Jets Div., Pan American World Airways, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 3, Pg. 411-419

Document Type: Journal Paper


The relative merits of aircraft designed to field length ranging from 0 ft to 3,000 ft are assessed with respect to direct operating cost, indirect operating cost and V/STOL port amortization combined into a total ticket cost for profitable space and other concessions. Tilt wing, V/STOL turboprop STOL and turbofan STOL aircraft operations are examined. The aircraft are of 90 passenger capacity and an average stage length of 200 miles is assumed. A daily traffic flow of, from 500 arriving passengers at a suburban terminal, to 12,000 at a city terminal is considered. It is concluded that: (1) ticket cost will not be greatly influenced by the number or length of runways or vehicle type for suburban operations alone; and (2) number and length of runways has a considerable impact on ticket cost for close-to-city center operations; there being a distinct advantage for aircraft with less than 1,000 ft takeoff and landing distance.

Subject Headings: Air transportation | Passengers | Traffic flow | Suburbs | Airport and airfield pavements | Ports and harbors | Profits | Space exploration

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