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Aviation Research Division


Eric Neiderman

(609) 485-6011

Administrative Contact

Kristen Piotrowski

(609) 485-5163

Mission Statement

Develop scientific solutions to current and future air transportation challenges by conducting applied research and development in collaboration with industry, academia, and government.


Extend the Wright brother’s legacy of research and development to ensure maximal safety, efficiency, and environmental stewardship for the air transportation system.


  • Agility - Expeditiously conduct and apply research to provide solutions to safety, efficiency, and environmental challenges.
  • Strategy - Develop and pursue a strategic research vision to identify and resolve issues before they emerge.
  • Leadership - Lead the world in applied research and development for air transportation system evolution.
  • Learning - Invest in employee growth and future generations of researchers and practitioners.
  • Integrity and Stewardship - Act as stewards for scientific integrity and rigor for the National Airspace System.

About the Division

A safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible air transportation system is vital to our nation and our global leadership. Our Aviation Research Division scientists and engineers conduct world-class research and development in aircraft safety, airport technology,and human factors. Their resulting research products and technical solutions have been improving aviation safety and the efficiency of the national airspace system.

To conduct their work, researchers use more than 25 specialized aviation safety laboratories at the Tech Center. In full-scale facilities and state-of-the-art labs, researchers are working toward reducing fatalities and injuries, decreasing aircraft losses, creating better designs, improving maintenance and inspection procedures, and enhancing the safety of operations at our nation's airports.

Together with industry, academia, and other government partners, the highly technical and diverse workforce at the Technical Center is introducing new technologies, procedures and training methods that advance aviation technology, making the skies safer for us all.

Technical publications are available to the U.S. public through the National Technical Information Services (NTIS), Springfield, Virginia 22161 or the Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center at


Aviation Research Division Branches
Branch Branch Manager Phone
Fire Safety Branch Robert Ochs (609) 485-4651
Human Factors Branch Kenneth Allendoerfer (609) 485-6389
Airport Technology R&D Branch Michel Hovan (609) 485-6179
Software & Systems Branch Cliff Johnson (A) 609-485-6181
Structures & Propulsion Branch Dave Atwood (609) 485-4986

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