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Research & Development Management Division

Maureen Molz Manager Maureen Molz
Phone:
(609) 485-8120

Administrative Contact Dianne Lanzilotti
Phone:
(609) 485-5762
E-mail:
Dianne.ctr.lanzilotti@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).

2016 NARP (PDF)
FY 2015 Annual Review (PDF)

2015 NARP (PDF)
FY 2014 Annual Review (PDF)

2014 NARP (PDF)
FY 2013 Annual Review (PDF)

2013 NARP (PDF)
FY 2012 Annual Review (PDF)

2012 NARP (PDF)
FY 2011 Annual Review (PDF)

2011 NARP (PDF)
FY 2010 Annual Review (PDF)

2010 NARP (PDF)
FY 2009 Annual Review (PDF)

2009 NARP (PDF)
FY 2008 Annual Review (PDF)

If you would like to see older editions/versions of the NARP, please contact Paul Tan at paul.tan@faa.gov or at (609) 485-6665.

FAA Active FY 2016 Agreements (PDF)

FAA Active FY 2015 Agreements (PDF)

FAA Active FY 2014 Agreements (PDF)

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.

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+3 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. Joseph Bertapelle Director, Strategic Airspace, JetBlue
Dr. Barbara Holder Chair, Crew Interface Technology/Human Performance and Cognition, Honeywell Aerospace
Mr. Leo Prusak Vice President, Air Traffic Management Products and Strategy, PASSUR Aerospace
Dr. John Hansman Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mr. Ian Redhead Deputy Director, Operations and Maintenance/COO, Kansas City International Airport
Mr. Christopher Oswald Vice President, Safety & Technical Operations, Airports, Council International-North America
Dr. Jaiwon Shin Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics & Space Administration
Mr. Ken Hylander Chairman, Flight Safety Foundation
Aircraft Safety Subcommittee Members
Name Affiliation
Mr. Gregory J. Bowles General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
Dr. John S. Crowley U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory
Mr. Christopher Kmetz Chief Engineer, Systems Design & Component Integration, Pratt & Whitney
Mr. Andrew R. Lacher UAS Program Lead-Research Strategist, MITRE/CAASD
Captain James Mangie Flight Operations, Delta Air Lines
Airports Subcommittee Members
Name Affiliation
Ms. Sarah Brammell Regional Director, Environmental Resource Solutions
Mr. Evanicio Costa Boeing
Mr. Mark B. Crystal Air Line Pilots Association
Mr. Shailesh Gongal Manager, MASSPORT
Mr. Matt Griffin Director, Regulatory Affairs and Education — Airports Consultants Council
Dr. Sarah Hubbard Professor, Civil Engineering — Purdue University
Mr. Eduardo Juranovic Manager, Airport Compatibility - BOEING
Mr. Scott W. Marsh Manager, Airport Operations and Security, Port Authority — NY/NJ
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
Ms. Melissa Sabatine Senior Vice President, Regulatory and International Affairs — American Association of Airline Executives
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. Jay E. Dryer Director of Fundamental Aeronautics, NASA
Dr. Rudy Dudebout Technology Fellow & Chief Engineer, Honeywell
Ms. Jennifer Duke Director, Aerodynamics, Pratt & Whitney
Mr. Charles L. Etter Staff Scientist, Environmental & Regulatory Affairs, Gulfstream
Dr. Steven Hamburg Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
Ms. Sandra Lancaster Dallas Fort Worth Airport
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 B. Preston Director, Environmental Affairs, Airports Council International-North America
Mr. Ian Redhead Deputy Director, Operations & Maintenance, Kansas City Int'l Airport
Ms. Leslie L. Riegle Director, Civil Aviation Environment & Security, Aerospace Industries Association
Mr. Edward T. Smith Vice President, International & Environmental Affairs, GAMA
Mr. Claudio H. 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
Dr. Joseph Zelina Consulting Engineer-Emissions, GE Aviation
Human Factors Subcommittee Members
Name Affiliation
Mr. Richard Barhydt Deputy Director, Transformative Aeronautics Concepts, NASA
Mr. Christopher DeSenti Project Team Manager, The Mitre Corporation
Dr. John Hansman Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Alan Jacobsen Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company
Dr. Maggie Ma Boeing
Captain David McKenney Director, Pilot Training Programs, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Dr. Rajesh Naik Air Force Research Laboratory, 711th Human Performance Wing
Dr. Leah J. Rowe Science and Technology Advisor, Human Effectiveness Directorate
Dr. Philip Smith Professor, The Ohio State University
Dr. David D. Woods Professor, The Ohio State University
NAS Operations Subcommittee Members
Name Affiliation
Mr. Joseph Bertapelle Director, Strategic Airspace, JetBlue
Dr. John A. Cavolowsky Director of the Airspace Systems Program Office, NASA Headquarters
Dr. John Hansman Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Bruce J. Holmes Holmes Consulting LLC
Dr. James K. Kuchar Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Lincoln Labs
Dr. Emily Steltzer Portfolio Manager, Mission-Oriented Investigation and Experimentation, MITRE
Dr. Mark E. Weber Assistant Division Head, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Dr. Andres G. Zellweger Consultant

Below are minutes from each Full Committee meeting, Meeting materials are available and may be obtained from Chinita Roundtree-Coleman at (609) 485-7149 or email at chinita.roundtree-coleman@faa.gov

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 Chinita Roundtree-Coleman at (609) 485-7149 or chinita.roundtree-coleman@faa.gov.

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