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Aircraft carrier principle: apron and runway on two levels
The airport concept is therefore similar to an aircraft carrier: Aircraft are lifted from the apron level to the runway level above it via an elevator system. Take-off can be carried out with the support of a catapult, and there is a safety arrestor cable for landing.
Twin engine Citybirds for 60 passengers
The CentAirStations could be situated in any location with suitable track systems which they could be built over. This would produce building dimensions of around 650 meters in length and 90 meters in width. Bauhaus Luftfahrt has identified around 100 such potential locations worldwide.
The CentAirStations provide space for 15 aircraft on the apron level, 22 night parking spaces on the apron level taxiway, plus a total of eight reserve parking spaces – four at each end. Each CentAirStation could accommodate 10.5 million passengers a year. The concept is not intended to replace existing airports, but to create new or additional “city to city” direct connections.
Air traffic will triple by 2050
Bauhaus Luftfahrt is working on this long-term development and is considering questions such as “what new technologies are available?” and “how will we travel in 2050?”. Both new propulsion technologies for aircraft and new infrastructures are being researched, as illustrated by the “CentAirStation” and “CityBird” concepts. “Our goal is to identify new ideas that have the potential to fundamentally change aviation,” says Professor Mirko Hornung. Since the essential technologies for this concept are already available today, they could be implemented in 2035-2040. Such a long lead time is necessary to adapt air traffic management and procedures. Last but not least, other stakeholders – from railway companies to citizens – should also be involved.
Text: Corinna Panek
Photos: Bauhaus Luftfahrt