Advanced technology for future regional transport aircraftIn connection with a request for a report coming from a U.S. Senate committee, NASA formed a Small Transport Aircraft Technology (STAT) team in 1978. STAT was to obtain information concerning the technical improvements in commuter aircraft that would likely increase their public acceptance. Another area of study was related to questions regarding the help which could be provided by NASA's aeronautical research and development program to commuter aircraft manufacturers with respect to the solution of technical problems. Attention is given to commuter airline growth, current commuter/region aircraft and new aircraft in development, prospects for advanced technology commuter/regional transports, and potential benefits of advanced technology. A list is provided of a number of particular advances appropriate to small transport aircraft, taking into account small gas turbine engine component technology, propeller technology, three-dimensional wing-design technology, airframe aerodynamics/propulsion integration, and composite structure materials.
Williams, L. J. (NASA Langley Research Center General Aviation and Commuter Technology Office, Hampton, VA, United States)
August 11, 2013
May 1, 1982
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
Meeting: Society of Automotive Engineers, Commuter Aircraft and Airline Operations Meeting