The fourth Fundamental Aeronautics Program Technical Conference took place from March 15-17, 2011 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. A very full agenda included an opening plenary session featuring the leaders of ARMD and FAP in presentations and a Q&A, followed by 2.5 days of project breakout and feedback sessions held by the Subsonic Fixed Wing, Subsonic Rotary Wing, Supersonics, and Hypersonics projects. Nearly 500 aeronautics professionals attended representing industry, academia, other federal agencies, and the international community as well as NASA Headquarters and the Ames, Dryden, Glenn, and Langley Research Centers.
The plenary kickoff session on the morning of Tuesday March 15 included:
The March 16 luncheon keynote speaker, Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator for Aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, delivered an entertaining and informative address with the theme, A Historian Looks to the Past...to Peer into the Future. Dr. Crouch covered some of the key aircraft in the Smithsonian collection and used past selection criteria to look at conceptual designs for future aircraft and assess which might end up in the Air and Space Museum.
Above:An attendee registers for the Fundamental Aeronautics Program 2011 Technical Conference at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.
Above: A large crowd watches Program Director Jay Dryer open the FAP 2011 Technical Conference in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.
Above: A panel-style question-and-answer session closes the plenary session of the FAP 2011 Technical Conference. Participants include (L to R) Subsonic Rotary Wing Project Manager Susan Gorton, ARMD Senior Technical Advisor Tony Strazisar, FA Program Director Jay Dryer, Subsonic Fixed Wing Project Manager Ruben Del Rosario, Supersonics Project Manager Peter Coen, and Hypersonics Project Manager Jim Pittman, with FA Deputy Program Director Barb Esker moderating.
Above: More than 120 technical presentations were delivered over the course of three days, including this one in the Hypersonics Project breakoout room.
Above: Luncheon keynote speaker Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator for Aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, addresses nearly 500 attendees of the FAP technical conference.
Above: The Subsonic Fixed Wing Project hosted the largest breakout sessions of the conference.