Well, keep in mind that in a relatively short amount of time, a much higher percentage of the airports in north america will suddenly be used much more often. While this was the goal of the VLJ, and is the easist solution to delays… well, it may not be that easy.
I will try to get everyone to think about this:
Pick a local airport that is rather busy, has a tower, approach control, and all that. Thats pretty much were all the local businesses fly out of, and there are some airline flights as well.
Now think of a nearby city, maybe 15-30 miles away that almost all users of that airport drive to. Does it have a little airport? Maybe an ILS approach if its lucky, maybe some GPS appraoches. Its mainly used for VFR student training. Its a pleasant place, just some touch and goes and pancake breakfasts.
Ok, someone who normally flies into your big airport and takes a limo to the other city with the small VFR airport realizes, hell, I’ll just get me on them VLJs and fly right on in there. A few others decide the same (maybe they get the great idea from the first person).
So, now, suddenly, this random airport no one has ever heard of, has 15 IFR ops a day from some very “important” people. Hmmmm.
That airport wasn’t designed for IFR traffic, or jets for that matter. The main airport 30 miles away has spend millions of dollars to make travel in and out of that airport as pleasant and safe as possible.
So, lets say its a sunday afternoon, and there are a few VFRs up and about in the pattern. Its 1800 overcast. There is a baron practicing appraoches (the only IFR aircraft in the area) and then all of a sudden, here come 3 VLJs flying in for the monday morning meeting.
Well, guess what, they’re not all getting in at the same time. its one in, one out, and that baron just began his approach. Alrighty, the approach controller at the main airport is scrambling to figure out where its best to hold THREE airplanes for an approach he’s cleared someone into once in the last week. Out come the charts, find the published hold. Its at the edge of the airspace out there, so, there are two other sectors to call to pointout the holding pattern there. And then, you wait. For the baron to come back out. Finally he calls and you vector him out of the way so you can get the first guy started in. He won’t cancel until he’s down below 1500 feet, and the only way to contact the approach controller down there is from the ground via FSS. This might take a while. Meanwhile, the baron gets the clue and goes somewhere else.
Sorry for the reality check. But, i hope this makes a point. A whole bunch of airports that aren’t designed to have lots of IFR traffic, will suddenly have it. One in and one out generally doesn’t delay anyone signifantly, becuase those airports just don’t have the IFR traffic to make it come into play. But once it does, what will the solution be? More towers? More approach controllers? Less rules?