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Aug. 18, 1997

Keith Henry

NASA Langley Research Center

Phone: 757-864-6120

LANGLEY RELEASE NO. 97-103

Note to Editors:

FLY ON NASA'S 757 TO WITNESS NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR LANDING, TAXI

Limited seating is available for news media on NASA's 757 research aircraft Aug. 26-28 in Atlanta, as a research team demonstrates technologies in the joint NASA-FAA low visibility landing and surface operations program.

These technologies are expected to result in increased airport capacity without compromising safety. They will allow an airline pilot to safely approach a runway for landing, roll-off and taxi in any visibility.

If no action is taken to reverse the present trend, air traffic delays are projected to increase dramatically in the future at the nation's major airports -- especially in poor visibility conditions.

As the NASA 757 approaches the runway, computer-generated graphics will outline the correct runway and its precise location on a "head-up display" mounted between the pilot and the windscreen. Upon contact with the ground, a "head-down" moving map display will show the pilot where he is on the runway and taxiway system, as well as the location of all other active aircraft. Aircraft location is provided by the GPS satellite system. Digital datalink communications will supplement voice communications between the pilot and air traffic controller to ensure that instructions to the pilot are clear.

A few seats on the aircraft are available for news media the afternoon of Aug. 26, the afternoon of Aug. 27 and the morning and afternoon of Aug. 28. All cameras, including video cameras, must be strapped to the photographer. Seats are behind a pallet of instruments (and operators) that duplicate the new displays being seen in the cockpit.

To reserve a seat or for more information, call Keith Henry at 757-647-2133 Aug. 19. If no answer, call 757-864-6120 and leave a message.

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