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Research and Development
EASA commissioned two studies on Cabin Air Quality. The conclusions sound fairly safe, but there are unknowns about potential hazards and individual health problems. The FAA might want to participate in this study.
The FAA brought in Wichita State’s psychology Professor Jibo He to conduct research and development on head-mounted display and wearable devices used in aviation safety applications.
The FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, where aviation safety research is performed, added a Structures and Materials Laboratory. A $2Million capital expenditure that’s important and necessary, especially when compared to Boeing who spends between $3-$4B a year on its Research and Development.
Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center signed a contract with ATS World Wide to develop a revolutionary way for planes to taxi. The new Airplane Transporting System (ATS) will maneuver vehicles using underground track mechanisms.
While not as visible as air traffic controllers, aviation safety professionals make important contributions to the FAA’s and the industry’s missions.
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