How Air Taxis Will Work

The Future of SATS

Eclipse Aviation announced on April 25, 2005, that DayJet Corporation, a "Per-Seat, On-Demand" jet service company, had ordered 239 Eclipse 500 jets, with an option for 70 more. The Eclipse 500 received its FAA certification on July 27, 2006.

During the early stages of developing the technology to support SATS, NASA predicted that the system would not be up and running until at least 2015. In the end, both NASA's and DayJet's estimations may be correct. While service may begin on a small scale in the next year or two, it will take many years for travel by air taxi to go from being a novel choice to a common event. Progress may be further hampered by the fact that technological advances for small-airport infrastructures and air traffic control systems have not kept pace with the advances in light aircraft.

For more information on the air-taxi system, aviation and related topics, check out the links below.

Related HowStuffWorks Articles

More Great Links


  • About DayJet.
  • Bacon, James A. "The Small Aircraft Revolution." Bacon's Rebellion.
  • "Eclipse Aviation to Supply Fleet of Next-Generation Aircraft for DayJet’s Innovative Per-Seat, On-Demand Jet Services." Press Release. Eclipse Aviation, April 25, 2005.
  • "Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries: The Visual Dictionary of Flight." Dorling Kindersley, Inc., 1992.
  • "Future Flight: A Review of the Small Aircraft Transportation System Concept by Transportation Research Board." National Research Council, 2002.
  • Haines, Thomas B. "Exclusive First Look: Eclipse 500 Debuts." AOPA Pilot, June 23, 2005.
  • NASA Langley Research Center: SATS
  • NASA Scientific and Technical Information
  • NASA Student Features: Did Someone Call for an Air Taxi?
  • Oxlade, Chris. "Flight Through Time." Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 1996.
  • Taylor, Michael J.H. "The Chronology of Flight c. 843 B.C. - 1939." Chelsea House Publishers, 2000.
  • Wald, Matthew L. "Envisioning a Day When the Skies Will Teem With Air Taxis." The New York Times, June 19, 2005.
  • Wilson, Anthony. "Dorling Kindersley Visual Timeline of Transportation." Dorling Kindersley, Inc., 1995.