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For Release: Jan. 2, 1997

Catherine E. Watson
(757) 864-6122

Release No. 97-001a

The Future of General Aviation in the United States

What role will general aviation play in the U.S. air transportation system in the next century? With emerging navigation, communications, computer and display technologies, general aviation - the nation’s other “airline” - has the potential to serve smaller communities that are too small to justify scheduled air carrier service.

Dr. Bruce J. Holmes, manager of the NASA General Aviation Program Office and director of the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE) consortium, will discuss NASA’s role in the future of general aviation on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. at the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.

General aviation already plays a vital role in the nation’s air transportation system, yet expanded use of a safe, high-utility, lower-cost general aviation system could bring the nation’s smaller “off-airways” communities more fully into the mainstream of the nation’s business, commerce, trade and tourism.

A media briefing with Holmes will take place at 1 p.m. in the Reid Center. Holmes will repeat the lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton.

During more than 20 years with NASA, Holmes has served in research engineering and senior management positions at NASA Langley and at NASA Headquarters. His research interests include drag reduction, flight testing methods and aircraft design concepts.

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