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  WAYPORTS CONCEPT DEFINITION  

Other pages on this website must be read to get a full and complete understanding of Wayports.

Wayports supplement and relieve existing congested airline hubs the way the Interstate Highway System relieves roads and highways. Wayports provide a long-term reservoir of air system capacity. Wayports reduce or eliminate slots, peak hour and congestion pricing, depeaking, banning general aviation, re-regulation and other artificial controls currently being used to manage congestion in the airport system.  

Wayports serve all types of passengers including origin-destination, connections and transfers, short haul and commuters, international, intercontinental and general aviation. Wayports were never conceived to be exclusively for connecting/transferring passengers which was attributed to Wayports because FAA and TRB confused it when trying to change the name (See page titled FAA).

Wayports accommodate next generation aircraft like the Airbus A380 and A350, B-747-8 and B-787, future 800-1000 passenger aircraft, Very Light Jets (VLJ's) and million pound cargo airlifters. Suborbital and space shuttle flights can also be served.  

Wayports accommodate U.S. and Global growth including origin/destination (O&D) and connecting domestic and international passengers, cargo, express mail, U.S. and International mail, general aviation, maintenance bases, aircraft manufacturing, commercial and industrial sites. regional rail systems.

 Wayports should be integrated with existing airports, airways, airspace, air traffic control (ATC), highways and  It should serve as the cornerstone to provide nationwide long-term aviation system capacity.

Wayports also function as a system of collection and distribution centers serving all users and global aeronautical activities especially cargo and manufactured goods from emerging countries like China and India.

Wayports are to be located on the fringe of and near as possible to urban/metropolitan areas to provide labor, housing, schools, churches, shopping and other social amenities. They could be located at new sites, underutilized airports and abandoned military bases  

Wayports could be the economic nucleus of new Airport Cities. See Page with this title. Airport Cities can be created with a Wayport as their nucleus that offer low taxes, new schools, less crime, compatible land uses, less noise, emissions and local transportation systems. The Airport City would be very attractive to general business and aviation related development. They would be an economical, environmentally acceptable and safe nationwide system that satisfies long-term 21st Century Air Transportation growth.

Wayports can be a world-wide system and not limited to the U.S. It  goes beyond FAA's Operational Plan (OEP) that concentrates on expansion of 35 busiest airports. OEP was recently expanded from a 10 year to a 20 year plan because this site pointed out little could be accomplished in the near-term.     

A Wayport System overlaid on the existing system maximizes cost/benefits by conserving scarce federal, state, local and aviation industry dollars. It provides massive, long-term aviation system capacity. Wayports give economical growth options to aeronautical and non-aeronautical activities and development that are not available in the existing system.

Wayports are not intended to replace continued reasonable and justified expansion of existing hub and spoke airports within environmental and financial constraints. Wayports supplement the existing system making it safer and more efficient.  Wayports could be a global system linked together for aviation capacity enhancements and economic reasons.

Wayports provide the latest in design and equipment for security screening for passengers, baggagecargo and postal operations.  

.Wayports accommodate Commercial Space Program activities including aircraft, operations and development. They provide long runways and remote fuel farms for exotic fuels like liquid hydrogen that cannot be stored at existing inner-city airports.

FAA defined a Wayport as a "major airport built away from urbanized locations with the primary purpose of serving connecting flights as part of the National Airspace System". This defines both Dallas-Ft.Worth and Denver as Wayports since this is how FAA defined them when they were originally built. Both airports could serve in a future Wayports system because of their large surplus long-term capacity.  

FAA's definition narrowly defines a Wayport as evidenced above. Unfortunately this author was not consulted before FAA released this definition.

FAA included a Wayport as a reasonable and feasible alternative to new runways at Dallas-Ft.Worth. Based on federal regulations, a Wayport should  have been included in all environmental assessments for new runways approved since then.. See discussion in last paragraph comparing DFW FEIS to a Wayport.

DESIGN

Wayports provide long-term facilities for air traffic control, technology and next generation aircraft including commercial space program vehicles. Wayports integrates the latest facilities for passenger and cargo security screening.

Staging and phase development is an important feature of Wayports. The first phase of Wayports could be primarily cargo until passenger demand builds up. Facilities be phased in based on demand.

Wayports should be large enough to accommodate at least four parallel runways separated to provide triple flow simultaneous all weather instrument landing systems. They could have runways up to13,000 ft long or longer if needed. This runway configuration will provide massive long range capacity. Next generation aircraft capable of carrying over 800 passengers in all economy configuration could be in the worldwide fleet by the year 2010. These aircraft require wider runways and taxiways with greater separations and lateral clearances, larger terminal hold rooms and baggage and ticketing facilities during peak hour activities.

Road and highway systems serving Wayports should be planned to accommodate future growth for origin/destination and regional trucking and bulk break activities related to cargo.

High speed, regional or commuter rail could link nearby metropolitan/urban areas. Airport terminals will be designed with high efficiency automated people movers to provide minimum connecting times with parking facilities, rental car, buses and other transportation businesses to easily access the enplaning and deplaning roads.

Implementation of Wayports would be phased in over time to satisfy demand and allow incremental expansion over a 20-40 year time frame. Site locations and land banking needs to be done now
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SAFETY FEATURES

Security systems for screening passengers, baggage and cargo would be more efficient than existing airports because they would be integrated with new construction as opposed to retrofitting aged facilities.

Safety would be enhanced by expanding into unused airways and airspace that enhances enroute and terminal area system capacity.

Reduction of airport and airspace congestion in the hub and spoke system.

All weather landing and takeoff capability in zero visibility conditions. 100:1 approach surfaces for all runways.

Fire and rescue facilities and equipment including emergency response capability.

Ground safety would be significantly improved through standardization and cloning of layout of airfield facilities and flight procedures.

Computerized airfield surface monitoring guidance systems including in-pavement electronics to minimize runway incursions.

Weather information related to ice, snow, fog removal, wind shear detection and special pilot briefing facilities.

Encroachment protection for all electronic facilities and navigational equipment including radars, landing systems, air traffic control and communications facilities.

Optimum design of airfield and terminal facilities for enplaning and deplaning passengers with automated people movers to shorten time from curb to gates, ticketing and baggage areas.

NAME

"Wayport" and "Wayports" describes a futuristic nationwide aviation system. Terms are needed to differentiate between “local” and “system” airports to contrast their purposes for public understanding, marketing and development. The term "Interstate Aviation System" is important because the public can relate it to the Interstate Highway System and see its value as a nationwide system. The term “Wayports” has been discussed extensively in worldwide media, institutional, business and government circles

LOCATION-HOW MANY

Wayports would be strategically located, planned and developed as a part of a nationwide "system" to supplement and off-load users of the existing airports system the way Interstate Highways supplement and off-load roads and highways.

Four to six Wayports should be brought on line within the next 10-15 years serving the mega-regions on the East Coast, West Coast and Mid-America. Peotone and Denver could serve as mid-continent Wayports.

Wayports supplement the existing airport system.They are integrated with enroute and terminal air traffic control, airways, airspace, highways and rail and be fully Intermodal facilities.

Wayports would be located in large geographical areas and placed where they work best for the national system. Wayports could be on the fringes of urban and metropolitan areas, at new sites, underutilized airports or abandoned military bases. Wayports would be positioned to maximize their use and ability to off-load gridlocked hubs that have difficulty expanding to meet long range demands due to excessive costs and environmental, noise and air pollution impacts.


Locations of Wayports in the nationwide system would not be left entirely up to local and state governments because they cannot perform system planning beyond their local and state jurisdictions.

A key feature in selecting Wayport locations is a long-range runway configuration would be utilized to provide maximum airport and airspace capacity for the next century. Land needed to develop this configuration would be acquired, however, Wayports facilities would be staged at each location on an as needed basis to meet long range growth and phased in based on user and tenant demands and operational levels. Future runways would be protected by federal airspace reservations and local/state zoning. Cargo, postal or express mail may be the initial activities at one or more Wayports. The highest priority should be enroute and terminal airspace requirements, however, Wayports should be located reasonably close to communities where the workforce would have access to schools, churches, shopping, etc.until they develop around Wayports. A respected nationally known urban planner said wayports provided the opportunity  to plan for new cities.  

PURPOSE AND USE

The Wayports Concept is an integrated aviation system alternative to the threat of gridlock at U.S. and world airports. The Concept calls for an integrated system of large airport facilities to provide a massive, long-range reservoir of nationwide by-pass air capacity for all types of air services and related activities including commercial spaceports.

Wayports provide almost unlimited airport and airspace capacity for all airlines including low fare, regional, commuter, charter and Very LIght Jets (VLJ's) to serve originating passengers and connecting passengers, cargo, US Postal Service and express mail and package services; aircraft manufacturing and maintenance and general aviation.

Wayports would provide a new economic way to collect and distribute regionally, nationally and globally for all types of aeronautical and commercial activities that do not exist in today’s congested system. A Wayport would function as a “collector distributor” or “expediter" of goods and services. 

Wayports were never intended to be used exlusively for connecting and transfer passengers. Origin destination passengers in the general vicinity of Wayports would be accommodated as well as those delivered by regional and commuter airlines. High speed rail links could be used for origin/destination passengers as is done in Europe and Asia today.

Land on or adjacent to Wayports could be developed for hotels and conference centers, entertainment centers including recreation and theme parks, merchandise marts, shopping malls and business opportunities that offer significant economic opportunities subject to land use and zoning parameters.

COSTS

Wayports would be developed at enormously reduced costs compared to developing new conventional airports or expanding existing hubs. Funding sources of up to 80%, similar to Interstate Highways, was proposed in Federal legislation that was not enacted. Private industry could develop wayports with commercial development surrounding the facility.

World passengers will double by 2020. An aviation expert recently stated that the equivalent of at least 10 new airports the size of Dallas-Ft. Worth will be needed in the next 20 years. The first phase of Wayports can be operational in five-ten years if needed by then that will allow them to provide near term capacity. It is important to understand that Wayports will be phased in over time with only facilities needed to meet current demand. 

ENVIRONMENTAL

Maximum environmental protection would be provided at Wayports, especially those related to noise and air pollution. Covenants and zoning related to land uses covering the long-range would be included in initial land acquisitions. Compatible uses of land for economic development around and in the vicinity of Wayports would be adopted and enforced over the long-range.

FINANCING AND IMPLEMENTATION

Wayports must have positive leadership to assure all visionary planning and implementation strategies are considered. Privatization efforts are underway in the USA to develop large tracts of land in non-urban settings to function as cargo airports. Wayports would stretch limited federal funding by reducing the need for large amounts of funds for new runway and airfield development at the hubs that currently has a high priority in capturing federal financial assistance. Wayports could be owned and operated by local, state or federal governments or privatized without the need for local, state or federal funds. Wayports can be implemented in a more economical, environmental and politically acceptable way than conventional alternatives that have difficulties overcoming opposition which has prevented the expansion airports in the world in the last 20 years.