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 Air Transportation Problem
Preliminary Design
Six Students 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). 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 moiré room for airplanes to land and take off.

At the airport, flights are often delayed.
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 6:3- 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 con formation e-mail, should give you access to whether or not your flight is delayed, on time, or expected to get there early.

Current runways and air-systems...
Bigger, faster air planes and bigger air ports are what we need. The budget of an airplane should be spent wiser. Larger runways might give an aircraft more head wind and keep them safer. New technology will also help.

student drawing of airport with boxes pointing to the airport.


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Last Updated: January 2005
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