TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF AIRCRAFT FOR INTERCITY SHORT-HAUL TRANSPORTATION. VOLUME I.
MCDONNELL AIRCRAFT CORP ST LOUIS MO
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This report evaluates the potential airline use of STOLVTOL aircraft to serve intercity short haul travelers. The air travel market in the California Corridor between Los Angeles and San Diego on the south and Sacramento and San Francisco on the north was used for the study but the results would be generally applicable to other areas. Based on 1970 technology, four STOL and VTOL aircraft configurations were designed as 60-, 90-, and 120-passenger transports, and developed for lowest operating costs for a 500-mile stage length. A conventional jet transport was used as a base of reference and a conventional helicopter was included for comparison. The special STOLVTOL airports were located for passenger convenience and acceptable noise levels for the surrounding areas. To evaluate STOLVTOL economic viability, STOL and VTOL airline service was simulated in the California Corridor in 1975 and 1980, and then compared with the conventional jet simulation in those years. It was found that the time savings and convenience provided by either STOL or VTOL airline service would enable STOL or VTOL to capture a substantial share of the short-haul air travel market when combined in a system with conventional jets, and would induce additional air travel. This system would give a satisfactory return on investment. The report is in three volumes. Volume I is an executive summary containing introduction, conclusions, and the summary of method and results. Volume II develops each step in the method, and lists results in greater detail. Volume III contains appendices. Author
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