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Human Factors Research on Instrument Procedures for FAA's NextGen Office

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are transitioning to Performance Based Navigation (PBN). PBN instrument procedures based on Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) offer significant safety improvements along with new levels of flexibility to negotiate terrain, airspace, and environmental considerations. There are human factors issues associated with the design, depiction, and implementation of these new procedures because they can result in paths that are complex to fly and typically require the assistance of a Flight Management System (FMS) to negotiate precise speed, altitude, and lateral path constraints.

Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

System Enables Drone Operators to Detect and Avoid Other Aircraft

The primary safety concern with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is the inability of remote operators to “see and avoid” other aircraft. Volpe has worked with the U.S. Air Force to develop and deploy a low-cost automated solution that is helping accelerate the safe integration of drones into the national airspace.

Updated: Friday, January 5, 2018
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