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Kimberly W. Land
(757) 864-9885
For Release:   Sept. 5, 2002

RELEASE NO. 02-075

Small Aircraft Transportation Systems: Putting Wings on America

Few objects convey wealth and power like a private airplane, but one day you won’t have to be rich or famous to fly in one. The NASA Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) research program, led by Dr. Bruce Holmes, is teaming with industry and other government agencies to develop the technology and operating capabilities for business and personal travel of the future. According to Holmes, future small aircraft may cost about as much as a luxury automobile.

Holmes, manager, General Aviation Programs Office, NASA Langley, will speak on "Small Aircraft Transportation Systems: The Vision of Wings on America" at a colloquium at 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 10, at NASA Langley's H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.

Media Briefing: A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., at NASA Langley Research Center. Members of the media who wish to attend should contact Kimberly W. Land at (757) 864-9885 for credentials.

Holmes will explain NASA’s goal of putting "wings on America" and enabling doorstep-to-destination travel at four times the speed of highways, making it possible to go where you want, when you want - faster than ever.

Holmes has led the technological revitalization of the U.S. General Aviation industry through the creation of the Advanced General Aviation Transportation Experiments (AGATE) and SATS partnerships. Many of his early technical innovations appear in aircraft today. The Peninsula Engineers Council honored him as Engineer of the Year for 2002.

In 1976, Holmes received a doctorate in engineering, with honors, a master’s degree of science in aerospace engineering in 1973 and a bachelor’s degree of science in aerospace engineering in 1972, from the University of Kansas.

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