Manager Cathy Bigelow
Phone:
202-267-9426
E-mail:
cathy.bigelow@FAA.gov
Administrative Contact Monique Morris
Phone:
202-267-9251
E-mail:
monique.k.morris@FAA.gov

Mission Statement

Supports the development of the FAA's research and development (R&D) portfolio through strategic planning, budget formulation, program execution, and program evaluation.


  • Produces the National Aviation Research Plan (NARP) and R&D Annual Review on behalf of the FAA Administrator. The NARP is a congressionally-mandated report that describes the FAA's R&D portfolio and ensures that R&D investments are well managed, deliver results, and sufficiently address national priorities. The R&D Annual Review highlights the significant R&D accomplishments of the FAA and serves as a companion document to the NARP.

  • Coordinates the Research, Engineering and Development (RE&D) appropriation account budget narrative development process for the FAA. The RE&D budget narratives describe the planned activities and requested budgets for each program and are part of the FAA President's Budget submission to Congress.

  • Supports the FAA's Research, Engineering and Development (RE&D) Advisory Committee (REDAC), which is a congressionally-mandated advisory committee that provides advice and recommendations to the FAA Administrator on all aspects of the FAA research program.

  • Coordinates the R&D Executive Board (REB) and their development of the FAA's annual R&D portfolio. The REB represents the Lines of Business and Staff Offices that sponsor research in the FAA.

  • Tracks R&D program goals and activities across the R&D portfolio.

The National Aviation Research Plan (NARP) is the FAA's performance-based plan to ensure that research and development (R&D) investments are well managed, deliver results, and sufficiently address national aviation priorities. The NARP integrates the FAA R&D programs into a portfolio that addresses the near-, mid-, and far-term research needs of the aviation community. The NARP features R&D principles and goals that support the strategic visions laid out by the President, Secretary of Transportation, and FAA Administrator. This approach enables the FAA to address the current challenges of operating the safest, most efficient air transportation system in the world while building a foundation for the future system in an environmentally sound manner.

Section 44501(c) of Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C. § 44501(c)) requires the Administrator of the FAA to submit the NARP to Congress annually with the President's Budget. The NARP includes applied R&D as defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-11 and involves activities funded in four appropriation accounts: Research, Engineering and Development (RE&D), Facilities and Equipment (F&E), Grants-In-Aid for Airports (AIP), and Operations (Ops).

2013 NARP
FY 2012 Annual Review

2012 NARP
FY 2011 Annual Review

2011 NARP
FY 2010 Annual Review

2010 NARP
FY 2009 Annual Review

2009 NARP
FY 2008 Annual Review

If you would like to see older editions/versions of the NARP, please contact Matt Crouch at matthew.crouch@FAA.gov or at 202-267-4052.

The FAA's R&D Executive Board (REB) includes senior executives representing the major FAA R&D sponsors. When R&D portfolio formulation is complete, the REB provides portfolio approval. This process helps the FAA establish research priorities to meet its strategic goals and objectives. To ensure effective engagement with research stakeholders, the REB uses Program Planning Teams comprised of internal sponsors and researchers to review program outcomes and outputs, prioritize and plan research efforts, recommend research priorities and programs, and prepare research portfolios.

The Joint Resources Council (JRC) is the FAA's corporate-level acquisition decision-making body that provides strategic guidance for the R&D portfolio process and ensures that the research requirements support the FAA NAS program. The JRC reviews and approves the proposed R&D portfolio.

The Guidance Reference Document provides annual direction for stakeholders involved in the RE&D portfolio development process.

Established in 1989, the FAA's Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) provides advice and recommendations to the FAA Administrator on the needs, objectives, plans, approaches, content, and accomplishments of the aviation research portfolio. The REDAC also assists in ensuring FAA research activities are coordinated with other government agencies and industry. The REDAC considers aviation research needs in five areas: NAS operations, airport technology, aviation safety, human factors, and environment and energy. Committee members represent corporations, universities, associations, consumers, and government agencies. The Director of the William J. Hughes Technical Center serves as the REDAC's executive director.

The REDAC meets twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. During the fall meeting, the committee provides advice on how FAA should invest its R&D funding in the coming portfolio development process. In the fall, the committee provides guidance for the FY+2 R&D portfolio. During the spring meeting, the committee reviews the proposed R&D portfolio, and in April, will review and provide recommendations on the proposed FY+2 R&D portfolio. The FAA tracks the implementation of these recommendations in the REDAC Database.

Research, Engineering & Development Advisory Committee

Full Committee Members
Name Affiliation
Mr. Steve Alterman President, Cargo Airlines Association
Mr. Joseph Bertapelle Director, Strategic Airspace, JetBlue
Mr. Jack Blackhurst Director, Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing
Dr. Steven R. Bussolari Director's Office Staff for Strategic Initiatives, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Mr. Joseph Del Balzo President/CEO, JDA Aviation Technology Solutions
Dr. John Hansman Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mr. Christopher Oswald Vice President, Safety & Technical Operations, Airports Council International-North America
Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Davis S. Lewis Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Jaiwon Shin Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics & Space Administration
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Aircraft Safety

Aircraft Safety Subcommittee Members
Name Affiliation
Mr. Chris Benich Director, Civil Aviation Government Relations, Honeywell
Mr. Joseph M. Del Balzo President/CEO, JDA Aviation Technology Solutions
Mr. John Goglia Independent Safety Consultant
Mr. Andrew R. Lacher UAS Program Lead-Research Strategist, MITRE/CAASD
Mr. Douglas A. Rohn Deputy Director, Aviation Safety Program, NASA
Mr. Todd Sigler Senior Manager, Regulatory & Rulemaking Strategies, The Boeing Company
Dr. Sonya Smith Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University
Mr. John White Staff Engineer, Air Line Pilots Association, International
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Airports

Airports Subcommittee Members
Name Affiliation
Mr. Kevin Bleach Manager, Aviation Technical Services, Port Authority of NY & NJ
Ms. Barbara Busiek Director of Construction and Grants Administration, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
Mr. Steve Jangelis Chairman Airport and Ground Environment, ALPA
Mr. Richard Kessel Senior Staff Engineer, Engineering & Air Safety Department, ALPA
Mr. Flavio Leo Manager of Aviation Planning, Massachusetts Port Authority
Mr. Paul Martinez Vice President Operations, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Mr. Gary Mitchell Director of Airports & Pavement Technology, American Concrete Pavement Association
Mr. Christopher Oswald Vice President, Safety & Technical Operations, Airports Council International-North America
Mr. Alfred Pollard Airport Director, Martin State Airport, Maryland Aviation Administration
Mr. Michael Roginski Principal Engineer, Boeing Airport Compatibility Engineering
Ms. Stephanie Saracco Chief Operating Officer, Pittsburgh International Airport
Mr. Monte Symons Consultant Asphalt Institute, President, Montista Consulting LLC
Mr. James Wilding Retired President, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
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Environment & Energy Subcommittee

Environment and Energy Subcommittee Members
Name Affiliation
Mr. Juan J. Alonso Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University
Mr. Steve Alterman President, Cargo Airlines Association
Mr. Dan Bergman Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Mr. Jay Dryer Director of Fundamental Aeronautics, NASA
Dr. Rudy Dudebout Technology Fellow & Chief Engineer, Honeywell
Mr. Charles Etter Staff Scientist, Environmental & Regulatory Affairs, Gulfstream
Dr. Michael Foust Section Manager, Combustion Aero Technology & Design, GE Aviation
Mr. Christopher Grundler Deputy Director Office of Transportation & Air Quality, EPA
Dr. Steven Hamburg Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
Mr. David Jensen FedEx Express
Mr. Steve Jones Lead Engineer, American Airlines
Mr. Mahendra C. Joshi Chief Engineer, Noise & Emissions, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Dr. James Kenyon Associate Director, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, DOD
Mr. Marc Lamoureux Manager, Business Development, Pratt & Whitney
Dr. Dimitri Marvis Director Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ms. Susan Presti Senior Director of Government Affairs, The International Air Cargo Association
Ms. Katherine Preston Director, Environmental Affairs, Airports Council International-North America
Mr. Ian Redhead Deputy Director, Operations & Maintenance, Kansas City Int'l Airport
Ms. Leslie Riegle Director, Civil Aviation Environment & Security, Aerospace Industries Association
Mr. Edward Smith Vice President, International & Environmental Affairs, GAMA
Mr. Claudio Ternieden Director, Water Resources, CTC
Mr. William Voorhees Propulsion and Power Engineering Department, U.S. Navy
Dr. Donald Wuebbles Director, School of Earth, Society & Environment, University of Illinois
Ms. Nancy Young Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America
Mr. Darcy Zarubiak Associate Director, Jacobs Consultancy
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Human Factors

Human Factors Subcommittee Members
Name Affiliation
Mr. Jack Blackhurst Director, Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing
Mr. Christopher DeSenti Project Team Manager, Mitre
Mr. William Edmunds Human Performance Specialist, ALPA
Dr. John Hansman Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Alan Jacobsen Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company
Dr. Thomas Prevot Research General Engineer, AST, Human-Machine Systems, NASA Ames Research Center
Dr. Amy Pritchett Davis S. Lewis Associate Professor, Georgia Tech
Dr. William Rankin Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company
Dr. William Rogers Senior Technology Fellow, Human Factors, Honeywell
Dr. Philip Smith Professor, Ohio State University
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NAS Operations

NAS Operations Subcommittee Members
Name Affiliation
Mr. Joseph Bertapelle Director, Strategic Airspace, JetBlue
Dr. Steven Bussolari Director's Office Staff for Strategic Initiatives, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Dr. John Cavolowsky Director of the Airspace Systems Program Office, NASA Headquarters
Dr. John Hansman Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Bruce Holmes Holmes Consulting LLC
Ms. Deborah Kirkman Senior Principal Engineer, MITRE
Mr. William Leber Vice President, Air Traffic Innovations, PASSUR Aerospace, Inc.
Dr. Mark Weber Assistant Division Head, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Dr. Andres Zellweger Consultant
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Public Law 100-591, dated November 3, 1988, established the research advisory committee to provide advice and recommendations to the Administrator regarding the needs, objectives, plans, approaches, content, and accomplishments of the aviation research program; and, also, to assist in assuring that such research is coordinated with similar research being conducted outside of the FAA. Public Law 101-508 dated November 5, 1990, expanded the committee's duties to review the research and training to be carried out by the regional centers of air transportation excellence. Public Law 104-264, dated October 6, 1996, added an annual review of the allocations made to the major categories of R&D to provide advice and recommendations to the Administrator on whether the allocations are appropriate to meet the needs and objectives of the aviation research program.

Committee reports are approved at the Full Committee meetings. Reports are transmitted to the FAA Administrator by letter from the Committee Chair. For additional information on committee reports, contact Gloria Dunderman at (202) 267-8937 or gloria.dunderman@faa.gov.