COE logoIn August of 2016, the FAA awarded a new Center of Excellence to the University of Oklahoma, Wichita State University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The COE includes 26 academic members and 45+ industry partners responsible for conducting research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engineers, pilots and technicians. The COE also examines human factors issues such as changes in learner expectations and best practices for innovation technologies in training a new generation of learners.

COE team members have a wide variety of demonstrated research experience, capabilities, and resources, and have proven the ability to connect research to practice. A number of the academic partners lead AABI-accredited aviation programs with the latest NextGen approaches to technical training. Industry partners have extensive aviation experience, including airport design, human-integrated systems for air traffic separation assurance, and training opportunities for human factors in the air transport industry.

Industry partners include: 1st American Systems and Services, Adacel, ADDX Corporation, , American Airlines, American Institutes for Research, ATAC, AVT Simulation, C2 Technologies, Chickasaw Nation Industries, Christiansen Aviation, CI² Aviation, Computer System Designers, CSSI, Crew Training International, Delta Air Lines, Eduworks Corporation, Florida NextGen Test Bed, Frasca International, General Dynamics IT, Hucon Global, Instructure, Inc. & Canvas Network, Infina, JMA Solutions, KeyBridge Technologies, Leidos, Metacraft, Northrop Grumman, Orion America Technologies, Pilot Training System, Robinson Aviation, RTSync, SkySoft ATM, Skymantics, Tetra Tech, TransLumen Technologies, UFA, Veracity Engineering, Volpe Center, and The Washington Consulting Group.

The FAA's Center of Excellence program is a long-term, cost-sharing partnership between academia, industry and government. Congress authorized Air Transportation Centers of Excellence under the Federal Aviation Administration Research, Engineering and Development Authorization Act of 1990. This legislation enables the FAA to work with center members and affiliates to conduct research in airspace and airport planning and design, environment and aviation safety, as well as to engage in other activities to assure a safe and efficient air transportation system.

The FAA has established 12 Centers of Excellence in critical topic areas focusing on: unmanned aircraft systems, alternative jet fuels and environment, general aviation safety, commercial space transportation, airliner cabin environment, aircraft noise and aviation emissions mitigation, advanced materials, general aviation research, airworthiness assurance, operations research, airport pavement and technology, and computational modeling of aircraft structures.

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