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Review of the Federal Aviation Administration Research Plan on Certification of New Technologies Into the National Airspace System

Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee under the auspices of the National Research Council will conduct an assessment of the Federal Aviation Administration’s plan for research on methods and procedures to improve both confidence in and the timeliness of certification of new technologies for their introduction into the National Airspace System (NAS).

The FAA research plan, which will be publicly available, focuses on air-ground and ground-based system approval. The research focus areas in the plan include:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Requirements Development
  • Human Factors
  • Software Development
  • Verification, Validation & Testing
  • Software Design Assurance
  • Training
  • Operational Evaluation

The committee will:

  • Provide an analysis of the FAA’s proposed research, as described in the research plan, focused on how implementing the plan may improve both timeliness and confidence of certifying new technologies into the NAS as requested in the FAA reauthorization section 905.
  • Identify for each focus area any specific actions that may have been successful in similar activities within and external to the FAA;
  • Provide an assessment of planned research outputs in meeting the wording in the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act “to conduct research on methods and procedures to improve both confidence in and timeliness of certification of new technologies for their introduction into the national airspace system”;
  • Comment on general readability and clarity of presentation of the research plan; and
  • Provide comments on or recommendations on other issues determined by the committee.

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Committee Meetings

March 4-6, 2015, Washington, DC

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FAA Cmte Meeting

January 21-22, 2015, Irvine, CA

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November 19-21, 2014, Washington, DC

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Committee Membership View Bios

  

Mr. S. Michael Hudson - (Co-Chair)
1 Power Energy Systems 

Mr. William S. Leber, Jr. - (Co-Chair)
PASSUR Aerospace

Ms. Jandria S. Alexander
The Aerospace Corporation

Mr. Steven J. Brown
National Business Aviation Association

Ms. Victoria Cox
Victoria Cox Solutions, LLC

Mr. Joseph M. Del Balzo
JDA Aviation Technology Solutions

Dr. R. John Hansman, Jr.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Amy R. Pritchett
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Agam N. Sinha
ANS Aviation International, LLC

Capt. Edmond L. Soliday
Indiania General Assembly

Mr. Raymond Valeika
Independent Consultant

Dr. Edward L. Wright
University of California, Los Angeles