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Project Title:

Review of the Federal Aviation Administration Research Plan on Certification of New Technologies Into the National Airspace System
PIN: DEPS-ASEB-14-02        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit: Transportation Research Board Consensus and Advisory Studies Division
Aeronautics & Space Engineering Board DEPS

RSO: Day, Dwayne

Subject/Focus Area: Space and Aeronautics

Project Scope
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.

This project is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration
The project start date is 07/08/2014
The estimated report delivery date is 05/01/2015

Project Duration: 12 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 11/19/2014
 Meeting 2 - 01/21/2015
 Meeting 3 - 03/04/2015


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Transformation in the Air A Review of the FAA's Certification Research Plan