NIA has established an unprecedented standard of collaboration between the aerospace industry and university teams of eminent academic researchers to augment research and technology thrusts in the commercial aircraft industry. Through these collaborations, we conduct research to support the development of the next generation of commercial aircraft that will set a new standard in environmental friendliness and fuel efficiency.
Areas of research include:
- Laminar-Flow Technologies: to reduce the air turbulence over an aircraft in flight, thereby minimizing the drag and fuel burn.
- Methods of incorporating wireless technologies within an airplane itself, to reduce sheer weight of miles of internal wiring and as a means of communications and navigation, as well as constant in-flight monitoring of aircraft status and structural integrity.
- Fine-tuning nanomaterials to increase strength and reduce weight of the airframe; also to investigate how nanomaterials can make aircraft structures more resistant to damage while providing improved surface coatings on composite-material components
For more information about what NIA can do to support commercial aerospace programs, please contact:
Director: Dr. David Peake, Vice President, Commercial Aeronautics Programs
Contact: 757 325 6720 | email@example.com
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– Period of performance through September 2012 with options to 2022
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FAA PROGRAMS NIA has established a robust research program in support of the FAA. This program is conducted through three separate agreements:
Human Factors Research – We are currently in a follow-on “Other Transactions Agreement (OTA)” with the FAA to conduct leading-edge human factors research to support the FAA’s prime initiative, NextGen. Within this agreement, NIA leads important tasks related to relevant human factors areas such as:
Completed tasks include:
NIA continues to lead an established team of leading-edge companies and subject matter experts (SMEs), who are highly skilled professionals in the fields of commercial, corporate, and general aviation. This cadre of expertise enables the necessary research of changes in roles and responsibilities between pilots and controllers, as well as the allocation of functions between humans and automation. NIA is providing essential research, studies, and solutions to help the FAA meet the developing requirements of NextGen, and the fundamental changes that will have profound effects in the cockpit and Air Traffic Control Centers, while benefiting the customers and stakeholders.
Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) – This OTA was recently initiated and encompasses the issues of bringing and utilizing enhanced weather data in the cockpit from the aircrew’s perspective. The product of this task will a Concept of Operations (ConOps) that will be a “living” document (a current assessment that will be open to future changes), rather than a traditional standard or regulation. To accomplish this, the following tasks are currently being undertaken:
Wake Vortex Encounter Research – NIA is currently in the fifth year of the initial Cooperative Agreement with a follow-on agreement in development. This agreement enables continued Wake Vortex Encounter research with the goals being to:
As the FAA deploys NextGen, explores wake vortex concerns, requires innovative research into challenging human factors problems, and addresses a variety of emerging technical issues, such as weather data and aircrew interface, NIA is solidly positioned to assist the FAA in meeting its future goals.