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For release: July 24, 1995

Don Nolan
NASA Headquarters
Phone: 202-358-1983

Michael Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center
Phone: 415-604-3937

Don Haley
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Phone: 805-258-3456

Keith Henry
NASA Langley Research Center
Phone: 804-864-6124

Lori Rachul
NASA Lewis Research Center
Phone: 216-433-8806


NASA Reports on its Aviation, Space Advances at Oshkosh '95

"National Leadership/ National Partnership" is NASA's theme at this year's Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Fly-In Convention and Sport Aviation Exhibition July 27-Aug. 2 at Oshkosh, Wisc.

Exhibits highlighting the latest innovations in aerospace research will be featured in an updated exhibit hall and technical aerospace forums at the U.S.'s largest fly-in convention and air show.

Craftspersons from NASA's research centers will discuss and demonstrate how they make wind tunnel models, instruments and other devices that make NASA's advancements in aeronautical research possible.

Computer experts and novices alike will enjoy an exhibit area devoted to a new on-line World Wide Web hookup devoted to general aviation.

A featured exhibit identifies unique partnerships formed between government, industry and academia to revitalize the general aviation industry in areas ranging from modernizing the cockpit to reducing weight and cost. A cockpit concept demonstrator will introduce advanced general aviation technology. Highlighted are activities of selected companies developing general aviation technology through the NASA Small Business Innovation Research program.

Another exhibit showcases NASA's role in making air travel safer for thousands of pilots and millions of passengers. The agency's research on weather-related hazards such as windshear and icing, and on new technology to combat them wil be featured.

Visitors will learn how the products of NASA research travel from the lab to the runway in a recap of the payoffs of NASA's aviation research. The way NASA technology is used in a variety of products ranging from new engines and nacelles for the Boeing 777 to small aircraft, automobiles and sailboats will also be discussed.

Although NASA's Oshkosh exhibit is geared toward aviation, exciting displays of the agency's space programs will include the latest on the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Station.

NASA's contribution to the EAA forum program includes a panel of distinguished researchers, government officials and industry representatives who will discuss aviation's past and future. Other presentations will range from using revolutionary composite components in wind tunnel research to icing protection, advanced cockpit systems for general aviation aircraft and the challenge of flying subsonic aircraft at very high altitudes.

Four NASA aeronautics research centers are supporting NASA's presence at Oshkosh this year: Ames Research Center, Mountain View, Calif., Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. and Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., is contributing space exhibits and interpreters.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: News media attending Oshkosh '95 are invited to participate in a signing ceremony/media briefing and award presentation Saturday at 10 a.m., July 29, at the EAA press site.

NASA administrator Daniel Goldin will be present to sign for NASA, schedule permitting. The agreement will formally establish a consortium for the revitalization of U.S. general aviation. The consortium, perhaps the largest in this country for any purpose, is made up of NASA, the FAA, U.S. aviation companies and universities. In addition, winners of the first NASA/FAA general aviation university design competition will be announced and NASA officials will unveil a new general aviation CD-ROM and the establishment of a general aviation site on the World Wide Web (WWW) computer network.


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