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Michael Braukus

Headquarters, Washington, DC October 9, 1998


(Phone: 202/358-1979)

Lori Rachul
Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH
(Phone: 216/433-8806)

Les Dorr
FAA Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/267-3461)

RELEASE: 98-182

NASA AND FAA JOIN FORCES TO IMPROVE SAFETY AND AIR TRAFFIC

NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin and Federal Aviation


Administration Administrator Jane F. Garvey today signed an
agreement at NASA's Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, OH, that
establishes a new partnership in pursuit of improved aviation
safety, airspace system efficiency and aircraft environmental
concerns.

"Today more than ever, NASA's science and technology research


produces results that improve our world and sustains U.S.
leadership in civil aeronautics and space," said Goldin. "The
agreement we signed today guarantees that NASA's know-how and
FAA's air transport industry expertise will be combined to provide
a safer aviation system and an affordable and dependable service
for all."

"The FAA will be more closely involved with NASA's aviation


research program, thanks to this partnership," said FAA
Administrator Jane F. Garvey. "By integrating our respective
strengths, we will succeed in developing innovative technologies,
concepts, and products that will benefit U.S. aviation sooner
rather than later."

The agreement creates an executive board comprised of senior


managers from both agencies who will monitor progress and ensure
that complementary aviation and commercial space transportation
goals are achieved through a coordinated planning effort.

The signing ceremony was part of the "Turning Goals Into


Reality Conference," NASA's inaugural report to the aeronautics
industry and public-at-large. The report highlights NASA's
progress in meeting Goldin's bold objectives for the future in
aeronautics and space transportation.

The day-long conference included panel discussions by key


government and industry managers on NASA's "road maps" or plans to
achieve its goals in global civil aviation, revolutionary
technology and access to space. Participants were asked to
comment on the goals and road maps in an effort to turn NASA's
goals into national goals.

This is not the first time NASA and the FAA have coordinated
activities. Previously, they have focused their research in
developing technology to predict wind shear and to detect aging
aircraft and aircraft icing. The establishment of a national
safety goal by the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and
Security set a course toward a series of complementary goals at
both the FAA and NASA. This created the need for the two agencies
to strengthen their relationship and formalize their collaborative
working practices with an agreement.

The FAA's mission is to provide a safe, secure and efficient


global aerospace system that contributes to national security and
the promotion of U.S. aerospace safety. One of NASA's missions is
to research, develop, verify and transfer advanced aerospace and
related technologies. This research primarily focuses on the
development of high-risk revolutionary technology advances, which
will be instrumental to the future success of the FAA and
industry.

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