The Federal Aviation Administration plans to open a new center of excellence that will facilitate research and development of training methods for air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engineers, pilots and technicians.
FAA said Friday it chose academic teams led by the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to oversee the Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance.
The center is scheduled to be fully operational within the next few months and will study human factors that affect aviation training as well as identify mobile learning technologies and methods to collect and manage data.
Principal investigators from both universities will conduct research projects while senior faculty, graduate-level and undergraduate students will be encouraged to participate in research activities, FAA noted.
FAA’s CoE program is supported through a cost-sharing partnership between the government, academia, industry.
The new research hub will add to FAA’s 12 CoEs focused on different topic areas such as unmanned aircraft systems, alternative jet fuels and environment, general aviation safety, commercial space transportation.