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SATS 2005: A Transformation in Air Travel
May 2, 2005

The National Consortium for Aviation Mobility (NCAM), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are combining forces to present SATS 2005: A Transformation in Air Travel at the Danville Regional Airport in Danville, VA, on June 5-7, 2005.

The proof-of-concept demonstration will showcase the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) project. The five-year, public-private partnership is developing operating capabilities and enabling technologies necessary to make safe, affordable, on-demand air travel available through the nation’s small public airports.

The SATS project is focused on four operating capabilities that may help permit people and goods to travel faster and farther, anywhere and any time. These capabilities include:

  • Automated flight-path management systems that allow higher volume operations at airports that don’t have control towers or terminal radar
  • Guidance and display systems to allow pilots to land safely in low visibility conditions at minimally equipped airports
  • On-board graphics and data displays to improve single pilot performance
  • Assessment of the effects of seamlessly integrating a large number of SATS aircraft into the national airspace.

Opening with a dynamic fly-in at the Danville Regional Airport on Sunday, June 5, the high profile Danville event will demonstrate many of these technologies and is designed to attract aviation enthusiasts, business executives, congressional leaders, state and local economic development officials and members of key science and aviation agencies. Students will also be on site participating in a SATS educational experience that teaches through interactive displays.

The SATS vision is to enable small aircraft carrying from four to ten passengers to safely access approximately 3,000 under-used rural and suburban airports, including many airfields that don’t have radar or air traffic control towers. Nearly all of the people in the U.S. live within 30 minutes of one of these airports. This capability could revolutionize personal and business travel, reducing the necessity for extended automobile travel and reducing the strain on the nation’s major commercial airports.

For registration and/or exhibit information for SATS 2005, visit
www.sats2005.com or telephone September Moon Productions at 248-355-3700 or
email roz@septembermooninc.com.

ABOUT NCAM

The National Consortium for Aviation Mobility (NCAM) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to coordinate and integrate the technical works and products of its members, foster technology transfer and the standards needed for commercialization. NCAM’s partners include the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiment (AGATE) Alliance Association, and SATS laboratory partners in Maryland (Mid-Atlantic), Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina (Upper Great Plains) and the Southeast. The organization is headquartered at Langley Research Center in Hampton,VA.


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