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 Air Transportation Problem
Final Design
WarMonkeys from Westport Middle School

Crowded roads make it difficult get to the airport

Several various checkpoints could be established throughout the city. Everything would not be congested in one area, and the traffic wouldn't be so bad. When the different check-in areas were a little more spread out, instead of just one in one building, and there are more, there won't be as much traffic. The process would be like a company, and there would be
several different check-in areas, all controlled by the same airport. Parking would be easier because there aren't so many cars in the same spot. The various check-in locations would be located throughout the city so people could also get there faster (the check-in locations). For flight cancels or other serious delays there would be a small hotel nearby for
businessman or others who have to wait. This system would also need a way of transportation from these check-in locations. A monorail, shuttle, or tram would transport the people to the airport. This would not include the people
saying good-bye or picking someone up, for all of that would take place at the check-in location. The people flying (passengers) and other working there would be the ones who take the shuttle. The airport would also need to
be farther out and away from the city. Land around it needs to be purchased so it can expand. The Denver, Colorado Airport has moved its location farther out and purchased land around it. A tram also takes them from a farther parking lot to the airport itself. This inspired some of my ideas. However, the airport in this system would need to ONLY be a place of taking
off and landing and other airplane activities. Everything else would take place at the check-in point. This would cause less traffic and more room for airplanes to land and take off.

At the airport, flights are often delayed. Current runways and air system can't handle the growing number of people and goods that need to travel by air.

First of all, flight delays don't have to be delayed. To understand what I mean, I'll give you an example. If I say I'll be somewhere at 6:30, but I'm always late, if I say I'll show up from 6:30 to 6:45, I'll be on time. Same goes for airplanes. Weather can not be controlled and so we need a broad time span for planes to show up. Faster airplanes would also help if they are needed. The signs at airports that show the flight and delay times need to be more accessible. They should be posted on an internet site. Your flight number, given to you in your conformation e-mail, should give you access to whether or not your flight is delayed, on time, or expected to get there early. We also need more flights in the nighttime. Very few people want to fly in the night, even though all they do is sleep! The easy way to do this is to first, encourage in it flyers or other advertisements to help people realize how much easier it is flying in the night with less lines. That would also be great if there were offered discount prices for late night/ early morning flights. This would especially encourage people to fly
in the night and then daytime congestion in flying would lessen. We need a new system of air ports. Since the airports would be located in remote areas (as explained earlier) they would have room to expand. There needs to be four separate terminals in a smaller airport and more terminals would be needed for larger ones. There would be one terminal for each as follows:

  1. A people terminal- in this terminal shuttles would arrive and leave while dropping people off. This would provide an arrival spot for pre-boarding the airplane. Overpass walkways would connect to the other terminals so that people arriving could go to the people terminal and so that the people taking off could go to the separate terminals.
  2. A landing terminal- The airport needs to be built in a certain way for this terminal system to work (see below blueprint) to land, it is easier to land while the wind is blowing towards you. The "reception runways" would be mostly in the direction that wind blows, so then they could land easier. This would also include a refueling area for planes.
  3. A second landing terminal could be used if planes got really congested and would have the same functions as the other landing terminal.
  4. Take off Terminal- This final terminal would consist of a place for the baggage carriers and flight attendants to arrive as well as pilots. The people terminal would connect to this. It would include major runways to take off in the direction of the wind, as well as a few in the other directions for if the wind changes.

Student drawing of airport

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Last Updated: January 2005
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