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As many answers point out, one large problem is the cable itself, and how much of it you'd need to pull around to let different planes move in different ways as needed. (And how big/heavy it would have to be). A real proposal is a similar idea, but with electric power instead of cable towing.


Look closely at the landing decks of the more modern Aegis / Arleigh Burke destroyers. There is a slotted trackway from the landing deck leading into each of the two helicopter hangars.


Practically this would not work due to the sheer size of the cable you would need. A fully loaded A380 is 1.25 million pounds. A B787 is .5 million pounds and a B737 is about 150,000 pounds. On a busy day at a large airport you may have 20 airplanes or more in line, assuming a mix of airplanes you'd have somewhere around 5 million pounds of airplanes to tow ...


Way to go on thinking outside of the box. Actually, it might work. Although the logistics of it are above my pay-grade. Maybe, some smart group out there could make it work. But, your question doesn’t ask for ways to make it works. It specifically asked for reasons it might not works. So, here it goes: cable car feasibility over all does not have a great ...


Cable cars, trains, and ski lifts essentially live their lives on the track or line. The repositioning and shuffling that must happen on an airport, especially pulling into and out of arrival/departure gates would make such limited track systems a nightmare. There would be a need for aircraft to move around under their own power or be towed by a tug, at ...

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