SAFE AND EFFICIENT FLIGHT PATH MANAGEMENT OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF AIR TRANSPORTS

Robert J. Shank

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Abstract: I WOULD like to open this seminar by remarking that it is a privilege to have the opportunity to leave our somewhat irrational world and project ourselves into the completely rational world of the future. It is fair to say that our present world is irrational almost entirely because of errors of commission and omission made 15, 20, or more years ago. Occasionally we know the sheer joy of forgetting our past mistakes and are able to work on a clean slate. The supersonic transport offers us this opportunity with respect to vehicle design, physical envir’onment, navigation and traffic control, and the economic environment. It is particularly appropriate to think about this clean-slate opportunity now because this is about the last year we will have to work with anything as perishable as a slate. After this year we will begin to make those decisions which will cause the world of the future to c:onsider us either rational or irrational, We still have at this time the opportunity to sketch and erase and start over again, and I feel that it is a lot of fun.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 10, Number 1
Pages: 9 - 13
Cite this article: Shank, Robert J., "SAFE AND EFFICIENT FLIGHT PATH MANAGEMENT OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF AIR TRANSPORTS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 1963, pp. 9-13.
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