Aviation Research Division
The William J. Hughes Technical Center Aviation Research Division (ANG-E2) performs world-class research and development in aircraft safety, airport technology, and human factors. A safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible air transportation system is vital to our nation andglobal leadership. The Division's research products and technical solutions improve aviation safety and the efficiency of the National Airspace System.
In collaboration with industry, academia, and other government partners, the Aviation Research Division performs research, analyses, and development to enable new technologies, procedures, and training methods that advance aviation technology, making the skies safer for us all. The highly technical and diverse workforce at the Technical Center uses more than 25 onsite, specialized aviation safety laboratories to perform their work. In full-scale facilities and state-of-the-art labs, researchers are working toward reducing fatalities and injuries, reducing aircraft losses, creating better designs, improving maintenance and inspection procedures, and enhancing the safety of operations at our nation's airports.
The Division comprises approximately 120 federal employees across five branches.
Fire Safety Branch
The Aircraft Fire Safety program performs research to protect aircraft occupants from the effects of fire through prevention or mitigation of in-flight fires, and improvement of survivability in the event of a post-crash fire. Research focus areas include cargo, propulsion and fuel systems, cabin interior fire protection, and advanced fire-resistant materials. Additional information on Aircraft Fire Safety research can be found at: https://www.fire.tc.faa.gov/
Human Factors Branch
The Human Factors program performs research to understand the physical, behavioral, cognitive, and social characteristics of aviation professionals and the systems they use. This research reduces the possibility of human error in airspace operations. Additional information on Human Factors research can be found at https://hf.tc.faa.gov/
Airport R&D Technology Branch
The Airport Technology program provides technical data and analyses to support, modify, or create new advisory circulars on all aspects of airport development. Research focus areas include planning and design for new large aircraft, airport equipment and construction, lighting and marking, pavement design and construction, runway safety, and wildlife hazard mitigation. Additional information on Airport Technology research can be found at: https://www.airporttech.tc.faa.gov/
Software and Systems Branch
The Aircraft Software and Systems program performs research supporting aircraft safety technology development, continued enhancement of aircraft certification procedures and airworthiness standards, inspection and maintenance processes, and safety oversight. Research focus areas include flight control and mechanical systems, rotorcraft systems, digital system safety, system safety management, and terminal area safety.
Structures and Propulsion Branch
The Structures and Propulsion program performs research enabling new aircraft to be safer, more efficient, and environmentally cleaner, while allowing older aircraft to continue operating safely. Research focus areas include propulsion and fuel systems, advanced materials, structural safety, continued airworthiness/structural integrity, aircraft icing, and electrical systems.
Technical publications are available to the U.S. public through the National Technical Information Services, Springfield, Virginia 22161, or the Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center Technical Library.