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For Release: September 21, 1998

RELEASE NO. 98-079

NASA LANGLEY STORY OPPORTUNITIES - SEPTEMBER


New Research:

NASA INTERNET VISITORS READY FOR TAKEOFF
Respondents to a NASA on-line questionnaire say -- when the technology is in place -- they would be interested in making business or pleasure trips in an advanced light aircraft. 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. More than 93 percent of non-pilots said that if an advanced light aircraft was developed, getting a pilot's license would be considered. Developers of the site are hoping that everyone who visits the site, completes the 10-minute survey. The questions focus on personal travel needs and expectations. In addition, the site highlights future concepts that promise to deliver affordable, safe and pilot-friendly transportation. 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. Interviews, photos, and video animation are available.
Public Affairs Contact: Keith Henry (757) 864-6120; H.K.Henry@LaRC.NASA.GOV


Ongoing Research:

LANGLEY RESEARCHERS GO HURRICANE HUNTING
Langley researchers are looking for hurricanes off the coast of Florida aboard NASA DC-8 and ER-2 research aircraft as part of the Convection Atmospheric Moisture Experiment (CAMEX-3), through late September. Langley's Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment (LASE) and National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Atmospheric Sounding Testbed (NAST) will measure the moisture and thermal characteristics of the atmosphere in and around hurricanes to provide scientists with insight about hurricane development, movement, and dissipation. This research may lead to improvements in hurricane prediction and landfall forecasting. Interviews and video b-roll are available.
Public Affairs Contact: Bob Allen (757) 864-6176; R.D.Allen@LaRC.NASA.GOV
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