An Aviation Consultant said in a
7/15/13 article that "Aerotropolis is the Son of Wayports". How right he is and the father of the Aerotropolis
knows this because I worked with him to establish a Wayport in North Carolina where he lives. This first paragraph was
added to this website on 10/25/13 after I discovered his comment. He was a big advocate of expanding
existing hubs like Atlanta and Chicago in the 1980's. He opposed Wayports without ever communicating with me and
trying to understand the concept. He opposed new airport hubs then and he apparently still does even though expanding
existing congested hubs is environmentally and financially unreasonable. He did not realize what I was
talking about was planning and selecting sites that would be built in the future like Aerotropolis is doing. I
am going to write a book that addresses the attacks on me and wayports and the lies and misrepresentations made
by the aviation establishment. In the meantime read all the pages on this site. The ,most harmful comments by this consultant is
Wayports are in the "middle of nowhere" which showed he knew nothing about the idea. Read "OPPOSITION"
page on this site and you will find out the truth about what happened.
Aerotropolis was not first to advocate Airport
Cities. McKinley Conway of Conway Data, a highly respected urban planner who founded the magazine "Site Selection" promoted
Wayports as Airport Cities in an update to his book titled “Airport Cities”. He said Wayports could
be the nucleus of new Airport Cities and “the sites chosen for wayports, however rural
or undeveloped, will instantly become the sites for new towns. Properly planned, the new wayport towns can provide a long
awaited full scale demonstration of the airport city concept”. Airport Cities surrounding Wayports would be beneficial
by providing financial resources for development and operations.
The difference between Wayports and Aerotropolis is Wayports provides long-term
nationwide airport system capacity to relieve and off-load existing congested hub airports. Aerotropolis promotes commercial
development around existing congested hub airports that creates more congestion. Both promote Airport Cities. A solution is
needed to help solve the nationwide airport capacity problem. Wayports is a solution, Aerotropolis is not unless it reduces
and not increase congestion at major hubs that will get worse over time.
Conway wrote an article advocating new Airport Cities. The
article is shown under ENDORSEMENTS on this website with comments on VISION and DEFINITION. Wayports would be Global
Centers surrounded by commercial development that over time would become an Airport City described in the article by Conway. Mac
Conway was a visionary. His concepts about new cities with Wayports helping drive development was available
to those now promoting Aerotropolis. A concept paper for a Global Air Cargo-Industrial Complex written
in 1990 by John Kasarda, a promoter of Aerotropolis, stated As planning for the complex moves forward, consideration should
be given for developing a a wayport as a second phase at the site (year 2005-2010) and a third phase development (year 2010-2015)
of short-time business centers, hotels, and recreation facilities to serve in-transit passengers flowing into and out of the
wayport. The wayport would complement the global air cargo-industrial complex by offering cargo space for smaller
load in the bellies of passenger planes frequently flying between the wayport hub and commercial airports around the country.
A 2003 Reason Foundation article published in Europe/Asia says Dubai is the perfect
Wayport-almost dead center of the world. It's the largest airport in the world built by United
Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) an a location now supporting Aerotropolis. Another names is being used to define the concept but
the concept is the same. Mac Conway is not recognized as the person who originally conceived and advocated
new Airport Cities in books and articles and Wayports is not mentioned in publications by Aerotropolis.
Current promoters of Aerotropolis should cooperate in developing a strategy as to how their projects
along with Wayports might enhance the long-term nationwide airport system including airspace and air traffic control managed
by USDOT/FAA. Locations of Aerotropolis are based on whether local officials want one rather than where nationwide airport
system capacity is most needed. This will increase aircraft operations and airport expansion programs causing opposition based
on environmental issues like noise, air emissions and surface congestion.