1972-02-01

A Look at V/STOL for Business Aircraft 720334

This paper addresses the three questions: “Is V/STOL capability economically viable for business aircraft, and if so, how does the viability depend on the aircraft concept?”; “How is a V/STOL concept chosen to match a given mission, and what are some of the promising V/STOL concepts for future business aircraft?”; and “What unique operational requirements are likely to be imposed on users of future V/STOL business aircraft?”
A cost-benefit analysis is presented which indicates that a VTOL business aircraft would be more viable economically than a contemporary turbine-powered business aircraft. The combinations of traveler's time value and trip distance for which each aircraft dominates is shown. A discussion is presented on the significance of disc loading as it relates to V/STOL concept application. Preliminary design configuration studies for three different business-aircraft-sized V/STOLs, using three concepts covering a range of disc loading, are presented as examples. A discussion of operational aspects of interest to future users of V/STOL business aircraft by a NASA test pilot with VTOL research aircraft experience is centered around the requirements for routine IFR terminal area operations.

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