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Assessment of New Technologies for General Aviation Aircraft.
OKLAHOMA UNIV NORMAN SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MECHANICAL AND NUCLEAR ENGINEERING
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This report assesses the use of new technologies in general aviation aircraft. It also investigates the potential for a technology demonstration program aimed specifically at the needs of general aviation. It concludes that at least 46 new or under-used technologies could be incorporated in general aviation aircraft with benefit to safety, performance and cost. The rate at which these new technologies might be integrated into the fleet will depend on social and political trends as well as on the technologies themselves. This report identifies 22 trends that will influence general aviation development. On the basis of the study results it appears that joint demonstration programs involving the FAA, NASA and industry would be valuable in introducing new technologies into general aviation aircraft design. Author
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