Aviation & Transportation

Our researchers look at the changing needs of our sponsors and other stakeholders in the aviation community and then develop forward-looking ideas to solve problems in the near term and the far term.

Our research includes efforts to:

  • Increase the capacity and reliability of the national airspace system (NAS)
  • Improve NAS safety and security
  • Minimize aviation's impact on the environment
  • Accommodate unmanned aircraft systems in the NAS
  • Develop agile ways to deliver NAS services
  • Design NAS enhancements and procedures through cognitive engineering
  • Build analytical tools and capabilities to support key sponsor investment and policy decisions.

In addition, since aviation is inherently a global enterprise, we're pursuing research to explore and resolve problems in international operations. We're also studying the role of aviation in the broader transportation system.