Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research






This study explored the policy implications of a specific jointly funded government-industry-academic research and development initiative on future planning. The researcher sought to uncover what trends or patterns of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE) had a positive affect on the outcomes of the consortium. By identifying these trends, the research may be able to help foster a more practical transition to follow-on programs. AGATE focused on developing innovative cockpit technologies that highlighted safety, affordability, and ease-of-use based in such areas as flight systems and integrated design and manufacturing. A quantitative analytic methodological approach encompassing qualitative data analysis software and the policy research construct was applied to analyze the organizational policy trends through the application of lessons learned from the AGATE program with reference to the current NASA program-the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS). Both NASA programs consist of a similar participant pool. By examining the effects of recommendations from previous studies, this analysis illustrated the transitional effects identified through the analysis. This planning framework illustrated the evolution of program and goal structure and the catalytic effect on the aviation industry and product development through increased interaction.



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