Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has expressed its strong support for the newly established “Kansas Supersonic Transportation Corridor” (SSTC) for testing non-military supersonic aircraft. The SSTC was made possible by an agreement between the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
“We applaud the work done by the State of Kansas and appreciate the leadership shown by Governor Kelly, Senator Moran, KDOT Secretary Lorenz and KDOT Director of Aviation Brock to proactively establish the infrastructure needed for manufacturers, as well as federal entities such as NASA and the FAA, to test and analyze the significant technological advancements being made in supersonic flight,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO.
“The Kansas Supersonic Transportation Corridor will assist in the assessment of sound mitigating structural and engine designs, as well as state of the art atmospheric acoustic modeling that eliminates the sonic boom and shapes the noise signature of an aircraft traveling faster than the speed of sound to a very low volume rumble. The validation of these technological breakthroughs through the use of sophisticated ground acoustic and telemetry sensors will provide the necessary data to assist global regulators and policymakers in modernizing supersonic flight policies. We look forward to participating in the re-birth of civil supersonic air travel that will take place through an environmentally sensitive and sustainable process.”
For more information about the Kansas Supersonic Transportation Corridor, view Governor Kelly’s announcement at governor.kansas.gov/newsroom.