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Airport Safety (ANG-E261)

Airport Pavement (ANG-E262)


About Us

The Airport Technology Research and Development Branch supports the FAA’s mission by conducting the necessary research and development required to enhance the safety of operations at our nation’s airports and to ensure the adequacy of engineering specifications and standards in all areas of the airport systems and, where necessary, develop data to support new standards.


With the implementation of new procedures from the NextGen research, the role of airports will be to accommodate the increased traffic safely.  This is especially critical during aircraft operations in inclement weather.  The increased traffic will necessitate efficient inspection and maintenance of our runways and taxiways.  This will require development of technologies to heat airport pavements, reliable methods to assess the braking performance of aircraft, development of lighting and marking materials providing higher visibility, development of new lighting technologies, such as, holograms, developing methods to mitigate wildlife at or near the airport, and developing new and efficient techniques for aircraft rescue and fire fighting.


List of Research Program Areas (RPA)


RPA S1 – Airport Planning and Design
    S1.1 - Runway Simulator
    S1.2 - Capacity Simulation
    S1.3 - Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) Program/Airfield Geometry
    S1.4 - Trapezoidal Groove Testing and Design

RPA S2 – Airport Safety Data Mining

RPA S3 – Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting
    S3.1 - ARFF Technologies
    S3.2 - Composite Material Fire fighting
    S3.3 - New Large Aircraft Fire fighting

RPA S4 – Wildlife Hazard Mitigation
    S4.1 - Habitat Management
    S4.2 - Wildlife Strike and Surveillance Data
    S4.3 - Detection and Deterrent Technologies

RPA S5 – Visual Guidance
    S5.1 - Signs, Lights and Markings
    S5.2 - NAS Visual Aids
    S5.3 - Heliport/Vertiport Visual Aids

RPA S6 – Runway Surface Safety Technology
    S6.1 - Aircraft Braking
    S6.2 - Airport Winter Safety and Operations
    S6.3 - Aircraft Arrestor Systems
    S6.4 - FOD Detection Systems
    S6.5 - Airport R&D Aircraft Support

RPA S7 – Airport Safety and Surveillance Sensors
    S7.1 - Low Cost Surveillance
    S7.2 - Emerging Sensor Technologies
    S7.3 - Airport Perimeter Security

RPA S8 – Noise Programs

RPA S9 – Airport Research Taxiway


    P1.1 - Pavement Construction
    P1.2 - Facility Operation
    P1.3 - Facility Maintenance 

    P2.1 - Pavement Construction
    P2.2 - Facility Operation

RPA P3 – Field Instrumentation & Testing

RPA P4 – Advanced Materials
    P4.1 - Heated Pavements
    P4.2 - Geosynthetics

RPA P5 – Pavement Design and Evaluation
    P5.1 - Design Improvements
    P5.2 - ACN/PCN Improvements
    P5.3 - Analysis

RPA P6 – NDT Technology

RPA P7 – Software Program Development & Support

RPA P8 – Extended Pavement Life

RPA E1 – Airport Environmental Research

Manager (ANG-E260)
Dr. Michel Hovan
Phone: 609-485-6179
E-mail: michel.hovan@faa.gov

Administrative Contacts
Susan Kaelin
Phone: 609-485-8032

Program Analyst
Tina DiIanni
Phone: 609-485-5409
E-mail: tina.diianni@faa.gov