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For Release: June 1, 1998

Keith Henry
Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
(Phone: 757/864-6120)

RELEASE NO. 98-022

NASA INTERNET SITE SEEKS VIEWS ON PERSONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION

A new Internet site is allowing visitors to have a say in the personal airplane of the future.

The Internet site address is http://apats.org. (Note: Please be aware that this URL no longer works as it did in 1998 and has been reported as "hijacked" by an adult web site.)

The NASA site invites visitors to complete a 10-minute survey related to their travel needs and expectations as part of a program to revitalize the U.S. light plane industry. The visitor will also see future concepts for personal airplanes that promise to deliver affordable, safe and pilot-friendly transportation.

The site was developed by the NASA General Aviation Program Office, NASA Langley Research Center, Va.

"Design engineers and officials in both the private sector and the public sector want to hear from you, the travel customer, so they can design a new advanced air transportation system with the quality and value you expect," said program office director, Bruce Holmes. "By completing this survey, your voice becomes important in determining the standards for personal air travel of the future."

The site and the survey, created to explore the future role of aviation in personal transportation systems, is an outgrowth of two major government-industry partnerships. The partnerships were established to develop the technologies needed for an affordable personal air transportation system and to define the operating requirements.

The first partnership, the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE), is a consortium of NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and more than 70 leading U.S. aviation companies, universities and non-profit organizations. The second, the General Aviation Propulsion (GAP) program, is a NASA-FAA-industry cooperative effort led by NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio.

(Note: The Lewis Research Center is now NASA's Glenn Research Center. The Center was renamed in honor of Astronaut and Senator John Glenn in 1999.)

Compared to the automobile, a single-pilot, four-seat airplane of the future equipped with AGATE-GAP technology is expected to be as easy to fly, cost no more than a luxury automobile and safely and dramatically extend the range of daily personal travel.

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