The FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center will soon be developing a 10-year plan, according to Gary Mitchell, a member of the airport subcommittee of FAA’s REDAC.* 

Mitchell met with other submcommittee members late last week at the technical center, located just outside of Atlantic City, NJ.

The plan will encompass the 2020-2030 Research Landscape for the National Airspace System and will include input from the entire technical center. 

The plan is being developed in consideration of current and future changes facing the aviation industry, including unmanned aerial vehicles, spaceports, aircraft changes, infrastructure materials, air space challenges, terminal needs, etc.

“The FAA has requested the subcommittee develop a list of research drivers that we see will drive airspace and airport research over the next 10 years,” Mitchell says. The FAA will be relying in part on the asphalt and concrete pavement industries to provide input about where we envision the future of airfield infrastructure lies, he adds. 

* The Research, Engineering, & Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) supports the development of the FAA’s research and development portfolio through strategic planning, budget formulation, program execution, and program evaluation.

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