Michael Braukus Headquarters, Washington, DC (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

October 9, 1998

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. - end -