AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF COMMERCIAL VTOL AND STOL TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT.
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CALIF
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On the basis of the research undertaken in the preliminary study, it would appear that the provision of citycenter VSTOL service would represent a somewhat marginal undertaking from the standpoint of both the air carrier and the aircraft manufacturing industries. The traffic potential for intercity VSTOL services and, accordingly, the market potential for commercial VSTOL aircraft would be quite limited. Indeed, the size indicated for this aircraft market suggests that commercial VSTOL development would be attractive only as a follow-on to a military program. This outlook could be changed through significant advances in the state of the art that would permit reductions in direct operating costs and through the availability of significant foreign markets for VSTOL aircraft.