Well proven, existing STOL technology today stands ready to serve increasingly urgent needs in the Northeast Corridor economically and profitably. There are no technical obstacles. A modernized regulatory framework appears to be the next requirement for progress. Federal authorities, however, are necessarily dependent upon a modicum of industry consensus and guidance. This has to date been conspicuously missing. The accompanying case studies and commentary are presented to help give industry personnel a better understanding of aspects on which unified action appears desirable.