The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates three major airports, and is interested in the tilt rotor because its revolutionary features could greatly expand the capacity of the aviation system. The tilt rotor combines the vertical takeoff and landing capability of a helicopter, with the range, speed, and comfort of a modern turboprop. This report examines two major issues: (1) the feasibility and appeal of using tilt rotors to displace commuter aircraft at the three major New York area airports, and (2) the potential for operating tilt rotors from a system of regional vertiports as a means of diverting traffic. The authors conclude that an additional cycle of technology evolution bringing reduced costs, increased reliability, and increased public confidence will be required before airport operators can consider the tilt rotor vehicle as an option for reducing congestion.
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