Planning and Design of Airports Fifth Edition

Planning and Design of Airports Fifth Edition

The presence of civil aviation has affected our economic way of
life, it has made changes in our social and cultural viewpoints, and
has had a hand in shaping the course of political history.
The sociological changes brought about by air transportation are
perhaps as important as those it has brought about in the economy.
People have been brought closer together and so have reached a better
understanding of interregional problems. Industry has found new
ways to do business. The opportunity for more frequent exchanges of
information has been facilitated, and air transport is enabling more
people to enjoy the cultures and traditions of distant lands.

In recent years, profound changes in technology and policy have
had significant impacts on civil aviation and its supporting airport
infrastructure. The industry continues to grow in numbers of aircraft,
passengers and cargo carried, and markets served, from nonstop
service on superjumbo aircraft between cities half-way across the
planet, to privately operated “very light jets” between any of thousands
of small airports domestically. Growth encouraged from technological
advancements countered with increased constraints on the
civil aviation system due to increased capacity limitations, security
regulations, and financial constraints have resulted in ever increasing
challenges to airport planning and design.


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