Maximizing Intra-Agency Relationships Through Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments and Small Aircraft Transportation System

In the early 1990s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) formed the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE) program to develop technology that would operationalize a Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS). This case study investigates the success of AGATE and relates its description to the continued formation of SATS. AGATE’s success stemmed from facilitating industry cooperation and providing practical application of its outputs. Although AGATE and SATS had different goals and participants, SATS may benefit by recognizing problems the early program faced. By examining the lessons learned in AGATE, SATS will be better able to achieve its goals. Key factors that helped AGATE that will also help SATS include: (1) a clearly defined program structure with specific but flexible goals that can be changed to meet a dynamic environment; (2) a strong and supportive federal management and leadership oversight that drives this structure, that is sensitive to the needs of the participants, and provides consistent feedback and established funding; and (3) a systematic communications plan that holds the entire program together.

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  • Authors:
    • Bowen, Brent D
    • Metz, Nanette Scarpellini
  • Publication Date: 2005-4


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01000302
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 16 2005 10:07PM