The Potential of V/STOL Aircraft for Passenger Travel in the New York Region

by T. F. Kirkwood, S. L. Katten

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Consideration of the use of V/STOL aircraft to reduce air traffic congestion at the major New York area airports while increasing overall terminal capacity. Three time periods — 1970, 1975, and 1980 — are considered; for each period comparisons are drawn between forecast V/STOL and conventional aircraft. Calculations indicate that, while V/STOL can attract only a small fraction of the shorthaul market in the early periods, by 1980 a downtown V/STOL port might attract 10,000 passengers a day. It will be necessary to segregate V/STOL and conventional operations. Also V/STOL could substantially reduce access time to future peripheral airports. However, the introduction of V/STOL in New York may depend on how many other areas find similar advantages in their use or on a government-subsidized development program. (See also RM-5815, RM-5817, RM-5818, RM-5819.)

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