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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

NASA Administrator To Kick Off Aviation Forum

Beth Dickey                                             
Headquarters, Washington                                   
Kathy Barnstorff
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
Duane Hyland
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, Va.

WASHINGTON -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is scheduled to open the "New Horizons in Aviation Forum" at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Virginia Beach, Va., Convention Center.

The two-day conference about the future of aviation is sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

Bolden will discuss NASA's new launch system that will take astronauts far into deep space and create good-paying American jobs. The administrator also will highlight NASA's aeronautics research efforts to develop technologies to support the Next Generation Air Transportation System and make aircraft faster safer, quieter, more efficient and environmentally friendly. His address will be broadcast on AIAA's Livestream Channel at

To attend the forum, news media representatives must contact Duane Hyland at 703-264-7558 or no later than noon, Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Other NASA presenters at the forum include Lesa Roe, director of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and Vicki Crisp, head of Langley's Aeronautics Research Directorate.

During the forum, government and industry leaders will tackle aviation's challenges and opportunities, including those faced by commercial companies, air traffic managers and the military. Among those issues are the growth of unmanned systems, aviation traffic and new aircraft technologies.

The forum also will feature representatives from the multi-agency federal Joint Planning and Development Office, which oversees the development of next generation air transportation systems.

A fact sheet about NASA's green aviation initiatives is available at

For more information about the New Horizons in Aviation Forum, visit

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