This project focuses on the use of Small Aircraft Transportation Systems (SATS) in the modern aviation industry. Specifically, business and marketing strategies are examined and analyzed by utilizing a short electronic survey submitted to targeted industry professionals. Selection of individuals was based on groups generated from a stratified sample outside of Purdue University. When properly managed, the Small Aircraft Transportation System has the potential to revolutionize modern air travel. Economic benefits can be achieved not only by effectively transporting passengers, but also by creating a new labor force, manufacturing contracts, and global transactions. Areas that will be emphasized include aircraft design, pilot qualifications, cost analysis, route structure, departmental organization, and selection of senior leadership. Conclusions were drawn, based on this analysis, to determine the risk perception and viability of the SATS program in the United States. Results from this study can provide insight as to how SATS can be introduced into various markets. Several variables needed to construct a complex system such as SATS are presented and analyzed to reveal trends that different industries view as necessary for its successful implementation.


SATS, NextGen, FAR Part 91/121/135 operations, NAS, FAA, JPDO, VLJ, AGATE, and HVO

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