Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
RELEASE NO. 98-077
The Internet site has been visited by thousands of people since it was announced at the beginning of the summer, including more than 500 who have responded to a series of questions that may influence the future of personal air transportation.
Developers of the site are hoping that everyone visits the site and completes the 10-minute survey. The effort is managed by the NASA General Aviation Program Office, NASA Langley Research Center, Va., and is part of a nation-wide program to revitalize the U.S. light plane industry. The questions focus on each individual's travel needs and expectations.
"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."
Survey data collected to date reveal that:
The site and the survey, created to explore the future role of aviation in personal transportation systems, are an outgrowth of two major government-industry partnerships. The partnerships were established to develop the technologies needed for an affordable personal air 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. During the next two to three years, these partnerships are completing the avionics, engine and airframe technologies for a new generation of personal transportation aircraft.
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. These aircraft would fill the niche between travel by airlines to about 500 larger airports and travel by automobile, and would provide access for more of the population to the infrastructure of more than 5,000 small airports that serve rural, remote and suburban communities in the nation.
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