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Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee

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:

  • National Airspace System (NAS) Operations,
  • Airport Technology,
  • Aviation Safety,
  • Human Factors,
  • Environment and Energy.

REDAC membership is composed of a representative body of subject matter professionals from aviation, aerospace and related emerging technology focused corporations, universities, associations, consumers, and government agencies. The Director of the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center serves as the Agency's Research and Development Executive and communicates collaboratively with the Chair of REDAC to fulfill objectives in the review of the FAA research and development (R&D) portfolio.

REDAC meetings occur twice per year, in the fall and in the spring. During the fall session, the REDAC provides guidance and advice on how the FAA should invest its R&D resources for the fiscal year (FY) +3 R&D portfolio. During the spring meeting, the REDAC reviews proposals for the R&D portfolio and provides additional recommendations. During this review cycle, the FY+2 portfolio is addressed. The FAA tracks the implementation of these recommendations in the REDAC Database.

For additional information, if you require an accessible version of one of the documents provided on this page, or if you need access to documents from previous meetings that have not yet been posted, please contact Chinita Roundtree-Coleman at (609) 485-7149 or (609) 569-3729 or chinita.roundtree-coleman@faa.gov.

Full Committee

Current Meeting Read Ahead Materials

April 21, 2021

Past Meetings

Agendas

Members

Full REDAC 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

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Subcommittee on Aircraft Safety

The Subcommittee on Aircraft Safety is designed to evaluate the critical aspects of aircraft safety to provide additional expert perspectives in support of the Agency's R&D portfolio. There is an exchange of views, information and advice that effectively promotes the sound execution of programs related to aviation safety.

Current Meeting Read Ahead Materials

February 23-24, 2021

Members

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

Minutes

Past Meetings

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Subcommittee on Airports

The Subcommittee on Airports provides advice and recommendations to the FAA on its airport technology research and development program. The advice and recommendations provided by the Subcommittee addresses both near and mid-term priorities, and identifies areas for new research, areas to increase investment, areas to decrease investment, areas to cancel investment and areas where leveraging or partnerships are possible.

Current Meeting Read Ahead Materials

March 2-3, 2021

Members

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

Minutes

Past Meetings

August 2017

April 2014

September 2013

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Subcommittee on Environment and Energy

The Subcommittee on Environment and Energy establishes a consistent platform to engage in the evaluation of environment and energy R&D programs within the FAA. This group provides advice and recommendations to the REDAC for subsequent delivery to the FAA Administrator in support of decisions required to sustain the FAA R&D portfolio.

Current Meeting Read Ahead Materials

March 9-10, 2021

Members

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

Minutes

Past Meetings

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Subcommittee on Human Factors

The Subcommittee on Human Factors is an essential component in the evaluation of aviation programs. Increased leadership in applied Human Factors Research and Engineering, NextGen investment strategies, alignment with industry and other government agencies will sustain Human Systems Integration efforts. The advice and recommendations provided through this subcommittee will be communicated to the FAA Executive levels through the full committee to ensure considerations in the development of the Agency's Research and Development portfolio.

Current Meeting Read Ahead Materials

March 16-17, 2021

Members

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

Minutes

Past Meetings

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Subcommittee on NAS Operations

The purpose of the Subcommittee on NAS Operations is to provide advice and recommendations to the FAA on its research and development programs in the NAS Operations area. This information is presented for discussion by the REDAC and upon considerations of the beneficial nature concerning the NAS's R&D portfolio is provided to the NAS Administrator for implementation where applicable.

Current Meeting Read Ahead Materials

March 16-17, 2021

Members

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

Minutes

Past Meetings

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Library

REDAC Reports

Public Law 100-591, dated November 3, 1988, established the REDAC 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 REDAC'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.

REDAC reports are approved at the Full Committee meetings. Reports are transmitted to the FAA Administrator by letter from the Committee Chair.

FAA Responses to REDAC

The REDAC provides critical advice and guidance to the FAA to fulfill compliance of statutory mandates. The FAA carefully reviews each submitted Committee Finding and Recommendation to determine applicability that supports an enhanced Agency R&D portfolio and responds appropriately. The FAA Response Report addresses usability and identifies benefits that promote the successful accomplishment of organizational objectives, goals and missions.

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