Title: THE IMPACT OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS ON AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL IN THE 1970'S
Author(s): Col. James G. McFadden, USA, AASC
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 17, Number 3
Pages: 246 - 252
Cite this article: McFadden, Col. James G., USA,, AASC,, "THE IMPACT OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS ON AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL IN THE 1970'S", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall 1970, pp. 246-252.
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Abstract: THE INTEGRATION OF HELICOPTER operations into the civil air traffic system has been initiated. The quantitative impact in the next decade is difficult to forecast but it appears that in total numbers, helicopters will not create particularly great problems in air traffic control. They will, however, require special systems and procedures, particularly in terminal areas. Their slow operating speeds make them generally incompatible with fixed wing operations. Further, from the standpoint of operational efficiency, their VTOL capabilities and high maneuverability must be exploited in air traffic management. Military experience in Viet Nam provides valuable insight into operation of helicopters in mixed fixed and rotary wing terminal environments.