Mineta pledges aid to aviation instruction


Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2002 at 10:49 p.m.
DAYTONA BEACH - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and four other universities will receive $20 million over the next decade for aviation safety research, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta said Monday.
The money is earmarked for the newly-created Air Transportation Centers for Excellence for General Aviation Research. The centers are a cooperative effort between the Federal Aviation Administration and Embry-Riddle, Florida A&M University, the University of North Dakota, the University of Alaska and Wichita State University.
The research will concentrate on airport technology, propulsion, aging aircraft, flight safety and fire safety, Mineta said.
"The future is why I'm here today," Mineta said at Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus. "Your development of a secured plan for general aviation will created a streamlined method for evaluating and implementing new security measures."

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