Heliports — Key Catalyst in VTOL Industry Growth 680284
The helicopter is an unconventional air vehicle. The commercial use and operation of helicopters has found a limited market in highly specialized applications and primarily in remote areas where the unique capabilities of these machines can justify the higher acquisition and operational costs. But the market offering the greatest potential for helicopter service and concurrent equipment sales is in our heavily congested cities. This market is relatively stagnant and untapped because of a paucity of landing facilities. The proliferation of such facilities must be of as much concern to the airframe manufacturer as it is to the urban area operator. The problems facing the establishment of heliports in numbers sufficient to exploit this market and a joint manufacturer-operator program for attacking these problems form the basis for this paper.