Mineta promises $20 million to UA and other schools

Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2002

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The University of Alaska and four other universities will receive $20 million over the next decade for aviation safety research, U.S. Secretary 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 UA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida A&M University, the University of North Dakota 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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