VTOL Aircraft — Competitor or Assistant 680326

This paper answers the question: Will the Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) commercial aircraft be a competitor or an assistant to conventional aircraft? VTOL of the type being studied by the Lockheed-California Co. are designed to compete with conventional commercial aircraft in short range operations. The Lockheed Airline Systems Simulation model was used to investigate this competition.
The results for the U. S. Northeast Corridor show that a fully developed VTOL system will assist the airlines by turning short haul operations from a losing to a profitable operation and by offering the passenger better service. Cities will be assited by the amelioration of airport congestion and this, in New York, could obviate the need for construction of at least one additional major conventional airport.


Subscribers can view annotate, and download all of SAE's content. Learn More »


Members save up to 18% off list price.
Login to see discount.
Special Offer: Download multiple Technical Papers each year? TechSelect is a cost-effective subscription option to select and download 12-100 full-text Technical Papers per year. Find more information here.