This paper assumes the development of a Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) commercial aircraft as an aid and a competitor to the Conventional Take-off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft. It also assumes the development of an IFR navigation system which will permit STOL operations independent of and compatible with CTOL operations.
The city center STOLport may have to be designed into an environment which creates additional challenge to the Airport Planner. Criteria has to be applied to sites restricted by surrounding obstructions, developed communities, congested ground access systems, and a reluctance on the part of the community to accept an aviation facility because of noise, congestion, and safety.
STOL aircraft can help amelioriate airport capacity problems facing the nation today while offering the major segment of the short haul market better service. Care in site selection will certainly be a major factor in the success of the new mode of air travel.