For release: March 14, 1997
RELEASE NO. 97-017
NOTE TO EDITORS
MONDAY 1-3 PM:
Fly Tomorrows Technology on Lightplane Cockpit
News representatives -- and their cameras -- are invited to
experience NASAs vision of lightplane cockpit technology of
the future Monday, March 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the NASA Langley
Hangar, Bldg. 1244.
Reporters may fly NASA Langleys General
Aviation Concept Demonstration facility and experience first-hand
the efficient and safe pilot-friendly systems being developed
jointly by NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S.
industry. The newly upgraded facility, a cockpit mockup with
interactive controls and displays, is a research tool to develop
and evaluate new concepts.
After a few minutes of pre-flight briefing, even a first-time
pilot can try his or her hand at guiding a single-engine aircraft
of tomorrow on a computer-generated
The entire experience can be as short as 20-30 minutes.
Reporters may arrive at any time between 1 and 2 p.m. Monday for
their own flight demonstration.
Please call Keith Henry at mobile 715-0148 or 864-6120 for
more information or to indicate your interest in attending.
NASA Langley leads the 70-some member consortium called AGATE , short for Advanced
General Aviation (Personal) Transport Experiment. AGATEs goal
is to provide leadership for the revitalization of the ailing U.S.
lightplane industry. Part of that effort includes increasing the
number of private pilots by increasing the ease and attractiveness
of being a pilot and by promoting the single-engine aircraft as a
practical alternative to the automobile for personal travel on
round trips from 150 to 700 miles.
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