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For Release: April 4, 2000

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Aviation Industry Leaders Gather at NASA Glenn to Explore Research and Technology Opportunities

Meeting the technology needs for the aviation community in the 21st century is no small task. But a group of 100 senior representatives from airline, airframe and engine manufacturers, along with aviation associations, academia and government have gathered at NASA Glenn Research Center to work together to solve critical air and space transportation problems.

For the next two days, April 4-5, Glenn hosts the third in a series of NASA/FAA "Home & Home" site visits that provide the aviation community with a greater understanding of the scope, content and relevance of aeronautics research taking place at the Center.

"For more than fifty years, Glenn has driven the engine of innovation that has propelled aircraft and spacecraft to new horizons," said Glenn Center Director Donald J. Campbell. "I look forward to sharing with our visitors in the aviation community the specialized technologies, expertise and world-class facilities needed to explore aircraft engine development and access to space."

The goal of the visit is to provide a forum where participants can learn about current government research programs and facilities available to them. Also, to share in in-depth discussions designed to bring to light a variety of perspectives on technology issues and constraints facing industry today and in the future.

The Glenn "Home & Home" visit focuses on NASA’s efforts in engine/propulsion research with an emphasis on emissions reduction technology—all research currently being conducted at Glenn.

"This event provides aviation leaders with an opportunity to explore applications of the research capabilities and facilities at Glenn to meet their technology needs," said Dr. Carol Russo, director of Aeronautics at Glenn. "Concurrently, these leaders bring knowledge of their research and technology that is valuable to NASA’s aeronautics programs."

Key Glenn personnel in research and technology programs begin each day’s events with short presentations focusing on: Ultra-Efficient Engine Technology Program and Emissions Reduction Research; Aerospace Propulsion and Power Program; Icing Research; General Aviation Propulsion Program; Aero-Space Propulsion & Simulation and Modeling and Innovative Aerospace Propulsion Systems & Technologies.

Afternoon discussion sessions lead by technical managers include combustion research for reduced emissions, intelligent engine, propulsion noise and general aviation propulsion along with topics covered in the presentations.

The "Home & Home" visit series originated last March when NASA and the FAA co-hosted an Industry Roundtable in Washington, D.C., for senior executives from the commercial aviation industry. During the roundtable discussion, participants expressed a need to expand the information exchange to other "home" sites for more interactive meetings, resulting in the "Home & Home" visit series.

Previous "Home & Home" visits have taken place at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA and NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Upcoming visits include NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL and FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City, NJ. The visit series will conclude in the summer of 2000 with a final meeting in Washington D.C. to integrate the results and lessons learned.

More information about the "Home & Home" visit series, along with the two-day agenda can be found on the Internet at:

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