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Extreme short take–off and landing regional jets – economic motivation and technological challenges

  • C. Gologan (a1), C. Kelders (a2), A. Kuhlmann (a2) and J. Seifert (a2)


A predominant problem in the US as well as in Europe is the imminent capacity shortage of major hub airports: Air traffic is assumed to increase significantly worldwide, while further runway extensions of airports are difficult because of residents’ resistance and limited land space availability. However, the increasing market size also provides a potential for new aircraft concepts. What type of aircraft will meet best the future market requirements is a question arising.

We show that currently discussed solutions to airport capacity problems are mostly not in line with market requirements and have therefore not the potential to alleviate the increasing capacity problems. We analyse to what extend an aeroplane with extreme short takeoff and landing (ESTOL) capability might be able to overcome these capacity problems and discuss resulting technical requirements. Subsequently we present some of the current technological challenges in this area of research and give an overview on ESTOL regional jet concepts that are currently investigated at Bauhaus Luftfahrt.



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