By Jonathan Glancey
In Concorde, Jonathan Glancey tells the tale of this outstanding and highly well known plane anew, taking the reader from the instant Captain Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in 1947 via to the final advertisement flight of the supersonic airliner in 2003. it's a story of nationwide rivalries, technological leaps, bold prototypes, tightrope politics, and a dream of a Dan Dare destiny by no means rather realized.
Jonathan Glancey lines the advance of Concorde not only via current fabric and information, yet via interviews with those that lived with the supersonic undertaking from its inception. the result's a compelling mixture of overt technological optimism, a trust that Britain and France have been significant avid gamers on this planet of civil in addition to army aviation, and religion in an ever speedier, ever extra subtle future.
This is a party, in addition to a completely researched heritage, of a very very good desktop that grew to become a sky god of its period.
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Per peak hours +263'409 9'716 - 3'773 + % of gross benefits 96'4 3'6 269'352 Time savings alone may be expected to make up about 90 per cent of the value of the benefits resulting from a typical transport investment. The theory and practice of the evaluation of time savings has thus become a major concern of transport economists. The practice currently recommended by the Department of 55 the Environment- is to divide time savings into two main categories, savings in working or business time, and savings in leisure or non-working time .
Lichfield, for example, argued that leisure time should be valued at only 2·5p an hour, while some of those submitting evidence appeared to believe that leisure time savings had no value at all for air passengers . Although the evaluation of working time is more firmly based on economic theory than is that of non-working time, there are nevertheless some problems here also. The most important objections to the practice of using wage rates to measure the value of working time are that the labour market is imperfect, and earnings do not measure accurately the value of labour in alternative uses; that time savings caused by transport improvements cannot in practice be used to increase output; that travel time may itself be used productively (businessmen may read documents or draft letters); and that valuing travel time only from the viewpoint of the firm or employer ignores its utility or disutility to the traveller himself .
32 A second major difficulty of the application of cost-benefit techniques to road investment appraisal arises from efforts to put money values on such benefits as time savings and changes in accident rates . A small change in the accepted time evaluation can make a very great difference to the rate of return of any road investment project. These issues of the evaluation of time, human life and other intangibles are of such importance in transport economics that they are discussed separately below in Chapters 8 and 9.