FLEXIBLE GUIDEWAY

Historically, high speed transportation systems have used rigid rails or roadbeds. Ours utilizes an elevated and somewhat flexible guideway constructed with lightweight composite materials. The land footprint of the AirTrac guideway is far less than any other rigid raised structure, especially that required by high speed rail.

AIR CUSHION ADVANTAGE

The air cushion vehicle is supported in the guideway a few inches above the surface on a cushion of pressurized air. With minimal friction, efficiency is maximized. The cabin hangs like a pendulum and will naturally pass through curves in a coordinated manner regardless of speed.

ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS

Air cushion technology frees the vehicle from friction with the ground. High efficiency propulsion is quiet and effective, moving more passengers and cargo on many fuel types. In addition, AirTrac can decrease highway traffic, further reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

HIGH SPEED FAIL-SAFE SWITCH

All successful mass transit networks employ high speed switching. AirTrac’s concentrically designed air cushion and guideway uses a switch rail that is moved into and out of position by gravity. The switch is either in the fully open or the fully closed position, never leaving an open segment in the guideway. Consequently AirTrac vehicles are always supported.

INNOVATIVE PROPULSION SYSTEM

Each AirTrac vehicle is propelled by a single engine driving a reversible ducted fan. Advanced sound suppression technology makes AirTrac a rather quiet system. The aft mounted duct removes stagnant air buildup from the body of the vehicle to reduce drag. Support and system power will be derived from the propulsion engine, available in hybrid configurations. Since AirTrac does not fly, it is unnecessary to carry large amounts of fuel. At urban stations quick change fuel tanks will be swapped.

LOW COST OPERATION

AirTrac is designed for efficiency. When you don’t have to stop or slow down for accidents, traffic, construction and weather, you save fuel. When you don’t have to get off the ground, you save fuel. With minimal drag and high fuel efficiency, AirTrac will challenge conventional travel methods. Route changes at 70 mph and travel at 150 to 200 gets you to your destination quickly. Consumable parts are minimized reducing maintenance cost. AirTrac will likely transport you at half the cost of operating your automobile.

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