Kathy Barnstorff
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
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Beth Dickey
Headquarters, Washington

Duane Hyland
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, Va.
NASA Administrator to Kick Off Aviation Forum
HAMPTON, VA. -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is scheduled to open the "New Horizons in Aviation Forum," at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The two-day conference about the future of aviation is sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

Bolden will discuss NASA's new launch system that will take astronauts far into deep space and create good-paying American jobs. The administrator will also highlight NASA's aeronautics research efforts to develop technologies to support the Next Generation Air Transportation System and make aircraft faster safer, quieter, more efficient and environmentally friendly. His address will be broadcast on AIAA's Livestream Channel at:

To attend the forum, news media representatives should contact Duane Hyland at 703-264-7558 or no later than noon, Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Other NASA presenters include Lesa Roe, the director of the Langley Research Center in Hampton and Vicki Crisp, the head of Langley's Aeronautics Research Directorate.

During the forum, government and industry leaders will tackle aviation's challenges, including those faced by commercial companies, air traffic managers and the military. Among those issues are growth of unmanned systems, aviation traffic and new aircraft technologies.

The New Horizons in Aviation Forum will feature also will feature representatives from the multi-agency federal Joint Planning and Development Office, which oversees the development of next generation air transportation systems.

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