For Release: Jan. 2, 1997
Catherine E. Watson
Release No. 97-001a
The Future of General Aviation in the United States
What role will general aviation play in the U.S. air transportation system in the next century? With emerging navigation, communications, computer and display technologies, general aviation - the nations other airline - has the potential to serve smaller communities that are too small to justify scheduled air carrier service.
Dr. Bruce J. Holmes, manager of the NASA General Aviation Program Office and director of the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE) consortium, will discuss NASAs role in the future of general aviation on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. at the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.
General aviation already plays a vital role in the nations air transportation system, yet expanded use of a safe, high-utility, lower-cost general aviation system could bring the nations smaller off-airways communities more fully into the mainstream of the nations business, commerce, trade and tourism.
A media briefing with Holmes will take place at 1 p.m. in the Reid Center. Holmes will repeat the lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton.
During more than 20 years with NASA, Holmes has served in research engineering and senior management positions at NASA Langley and at NASA Headquarters. His research interests include drag reduction, flight testing methods and aircraft design concepts.
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