Our Research Focus
The Cabin Safety Research Team supports FAA regulatory and airworthiness functions through the conduct of research in the area of aircraft emergency evacuation. Questions concerning seating density, exit size and location, passenger flow rates through exits, and flight attendant behavior are investigated using an aircraft cabin evacuation facility and human research subjects. For the future, a Boeing 747 evacuation facility is being brought on line to enhance study of egress problems encountered by larger aircraft with higher door sill heights and multiple aisles.