Ruth Dasso Marlaire
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
March 19, 2012
NASA, FAA Target Students For Future Air Traffic Control Careers
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – A group of ninth-grade students from San Mateo High School will meet with air traffic controllers and practice directing simulated traffic at the Federal Aviation Administrator’s (FAA) Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center. Media will be able to interview students and NASA and FAA officials in the facility’s simulator lab.

The two-hour field trip, sponsored by a NASA Ames Research Center education project called Smart Skies, aims to introduce students to the math and problem-solving skills used to control air traffic and show them what it’s like to work as an air traffic controller. Smart Skies is sponsored by NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

WHO: Tom Davis, Chief of the Aviation Systems Division at NASA Ames; Scott Conde, National Air Traffic Controllers Association; and Melissa Holmes, Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center Staff Manager

WHERE: FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center 5125 Central Avenue, Fremont, Calif. 94536

WHEN: 9:45 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2012

RSVP: News media planning to attend should RSVP to Ian Gregor at before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. For security reasons, news media must bring their media credentials and all visitors must be U.S. citizens.

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