Implications of Mechanical Systems On Airport Terminal Design 700259

The prime objective of the paper is to delve into mechanical systems-for people-movers, baggage-movers, cargo-movers-and to explore the influence which these new devices may have on the design of major airports and air terminals.
The major emphasis is placed on the aspect of moving people, since this is where the greatest need appears to be required.
The establishment of four categories of mechanical systems is proposed in order to bring the language of this new field into some systematic order. A definition of “unacceptable walking distance” has been proposed, since this determines the transition to mechanical devices.
Although no specific or complete solutions are presented for new terminal designs, based upon the use of mechanical systems, a number of potential approaches are explored, and benefits are cited which may accrue with their use. The belief is expressed that the aircraft apron is in serious need of “de-clutterization”-particularly with the advent of wide-bodied jets-and that this can be accomplished by placing as much activity below ground as possible: by moving people, baggage, and cargo as a starter.
A plea is made that the air transport industry engage in a strong effort to produce new terminal design concepts reflecting new technology becoming available, rather than patching up or just improving current designs.


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