Will There Be
in Every Garage?
So You're Going to FlyOr Be Flown
After the war, private plane owners will be confronted with making a
choice of traveling via air transport or flying their own planes, when
doing cross-country flying.
over the airways on a long cross-country hop in your own plane may become
a tiring and even hazardous job, unless you have two-way radio equipment
and an automatic pilot that takes over the job of flying the plane from
time to time when you want to relax, and unless you plan to make the trip
in easy stages.
Setting out to make a flight in your own plane from Columbus, Ohio,
to New York City, you would first have to check in at the control, tower
at Columbus and announce your flight plan to the traffic control officer,
giving him the time of departure, your destination, the route to be followed,
and the speed and altitude at which you plan to fly. After receiving weather
data and being cleared for take-off, you climb up to the predetermined
altitude, probably 5,000 feet.
At Pittsburgh, you probably land and refuel before flying over the mountains.
Again you have to check in at the control, file your flight plan, and
get another clearance before taking off. Once over the mountains, you
may find the weather rough at 5,000 feet, and wish to ascend to 7,000
feet. Before doing this you have to contact the Pittsburgh control tower
by radio and receive permission.
Once in the New York control area, you have to report your presence to
the control tower at the field where you expect to land and notify them
of your expected arrival time. Upon making a landing, you would have to
check in at the control tower and let them know when you plan to make
Better take some money along too
The cost of such a trip is greater than the cost of just the fuel and
oil that are needed to make the trip. You will have to pay from $10 up
for the privilege of making a landing at any airport, except emergency
landing fields. If you fly yourself, and carry no passengers, the cost
may be greater than airline fare.
Of course, if you are taking a vacation trip with the family, which
means that you are not in too much of a hurry, it will be less expensive
to make the trip in your own plane, if you can accommodate everyone.
Other determining factors which should help you decide whether you are
going to fly yourself or be flown are: weather conditions (if weather
is bad you’d be better off in a commercial airliner); airport facilities
at the other end (check to see if you can land near where you want to
go, for some-times airports are closed to private flyers or for repairs);
and route (if you have to cross broad expanses of water in a land-plane
you’d be safer to fly in a commercial plane).
If you want speed, you will have to rely on the commercial airliner,
which cruises along at speeds varying from 185 miles an hour for the DG-3
up to around 300 miles an hour for the Constellation. This is two or three
times as fast as your personal plane could operate at its maximum speed.
You’ll be able to board a plane in New York at midnight and arrive
in Los Angeles at eight o’clock the next morning, a trip of about
eleven hours, allowing for the change in time. Cost of the trip will be
about the same as the cost for first-class railroad fare plus Pullman
and meals, or $138.85 each way. Within ten years after the war, airline
fares may be reduced to the point where it will actually be cheaper to
fly than to go by railroad coach. Imagine going from coast to coast by
air for only $55!
Parking lots for planes may be provided at major air terminals over
the country so that private plane owners can fly in from nearby communities.
After parking their planes, they can board giant airliners to carry them
The question is yours to answer
Americans will do more traveling after World War II than ever before
in their history. Commercial airlines will cross the country in every
direction. They will link the United States with every major nation in
the world. Railroad facilities will probably be improved, with more streamlined,
air-conditioned trains operating at increased speed and comfort. Superhighways
will permit faster and safer automobile travel.
Will these developments make it safer or faster or cheaper or more comfortable
or more practical to travel by train, drive your own car, take a commercial
airliner, or fly a plane of your own? Will private flying remain primarily
for the wealthy sportsman or flying hobbyist? Or will it be a sound, safe,
and sensible practice in the postwar daily life of the average American?
|Should “aerocourts,” similar to motor courts, be
provided at airports and air parks, where private flyers on cross-country
trips could secure overnight accommodations at low cost? Under what
conditions would you fly yourself from Chicago to New Orleans? Fly
in an airliner? Would it pay a traveling man to fly his own plane
all the time or make use of airliners? Will the expansion of air transport
to many cities now without commercial air-service tend
to reduce the number of private planes sold?
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