1972-02-01

Civil Applications of the Air Cushion Landing System 720581

This paper will provide a brief history of the development of the air cushion landing system (ACLS), including the present U.S. Air Force/Canadian Department of Industry, Trade, and Commerce advanced development program to equip a DeHavilland CC-115 Buffalo airplane with an air cushion landing system.
The operation, braking, and parking of the air cushion landing system will be explained.
The advantages of this type of landing system over conventional wheeled landing gear will be examined in relation to civil aircraft applications such as high-density, low-density, short-haul transportation systems, and STOL operations. The effect of ACLS on airport design, safety, environmental factors, and potential weight saving will be discussed.
It is concluded that the development of the ACLS is an aeronautical technology that will result in a benefit to civil aircraft transportation.

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