RELEASE NO. 98-076
The head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will kick off
the Second Joint NASA/FAA/Department of Defense Conference on Aging
Aircraft in Williamsburg, Va. at 1 p.m., Monday, August 31.
Aging Aircraft: Challenges Facing The Military And Industry
More than 600 world leaders in aviation safety research,
aircraft design and manufacturing, fleet operation and aviation
maintenance are expected to share the latest information and
technologies to assure the continued airworthiness of aging
aircraft in military and commercial fleets.
Monday's opening session will feature not only FAA Administrator
Jane Garvey, but also Rear Admiral Craig Steidle, Vice Commander of
the Naval Air Systems Command, and NASA Acting Deputy Administrator
Gen. John Dailey.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the average
age of the entire fleet of commercial transport airplanes is about
15 years old. Some aircraft still in service are more than 30 years
Last year in a report following the crash of TWA Flight 800, the
White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security raised
concerns about non-structural parts of aging commercial jets. "The
Commission is concerned that existing procedures, directive,
quality assurance and inspections may not be sufficient to prevent
safety-related problems caused by the corrosive and deteriorating
effects of non-structural components of commercial aircraft as they
age," the report said.
The Aging Aircraft Conference is scheduled from Aug. 31 through
Sept. 3. Technical sessions on approaches to fleet management,
structural analysis methods and technologies for inspection,
maintenance and repair will dominate the conference after the first
The Second Joint NASA/FAA/DoD Conference on Aging Aircraft will
be held at the Williamsburg Marriott Hotel and Conference Center,
50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg.
The speakers' tight schedules on Monday may not allow time for
one on one interviews.
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