TRACK 1 – Aviation Safety Research (max 20)
Full-Scale Fire Test Facility
The Full-Scale Fire Test Facility is a purpose-built structure completed in 1980. The main 13,000-square-feet test cell is specifically designed for fire testing, with corrugated steel walls, a concrete floor, and refractory-ceramic ceiling. The facility allows for the conduct of realistic full-scale fire tests under very controlled conditions. The main test cell currently houses a B707 aircraft, and DC-10 aircraft aft section, which is married to a 90-feet long fuselage test section. Full-scale fire tests simulating both post-crash external fuel fires and inflight interior fires are conducted in both of these test aircraft. The unique structure is the largest fire testing facility for aircraft in the world.
Full-Scale Aircraft Structural Test Evaluation and Research
Come tour the Full-Scale Aircraft Structural Test Evaluation and Research (FASTER) lab, a state-of-the-art core capability developed to perform structural testing of legacy and next generation fuselage structure. The FASTER lab was established December 1998 through a cost-sharing arrangement with Boeing. This facility is being effectively used to leverage resources through partnerships with other government agencies, industry and academia to provide critical data needed by both industry and the FAA to safely allow new technologies to be introduced into commercial applications.
Aviation Fuels Research Laboratory
The Aviation Fuels Research Lab supports the research of safe, efficient and environment friendly aviation gasolines used in General Aviation. See firsthand how researchers use specialized scientific equipment to conduct tests of aviation fuel chemical and physical properties in accordance with ASTM International specifications.
TRACK 2 – Airport research and tower siting analysis (max 20)
National Airport Pavement and Materials Research Center
The National Airport Pavement and Materials Research Center provides the ability to test the effects of high tire pressures on the pavement surface layers, pavement materials, and alternative pavement materials with the new Heavy Vehicle Simulator for Airports. Researchers will highlight the testing conducted to determine the effects of temperature variation in the pavement surface layers, especially the effects of high temperatures on asphalt pavements; and improved paving materials characterization.
Airport Safety R&D Section’s Visual Guidance Program
The Visual Guidance Program’s objective is to continually research technologies to improve visual cues on airports. Researchers will demonstrate visual cues, such as LED obstruction lights, a Visual Approach Slope Indicator & a windsock installation. In addition, a scale model of an airport with various depictions of projects with airfield lighting will be presented.
Airport Facilities Terminal Integration Laboratory
The Airport Facilities Terminal Integration Laboratory (AFTIL) has a full-scale air traffic control tower mock-up laboratory and two tower simulators that can operate independently or in tandem to create a realistic air traffic control environment to complement the unique National Air Space facilities and aviation-based systems located at the Tech Center. The AFTIL creates three-dimensional airport models used to evaluate new air traffic control locations, evaluate current locations, and conduct airport operational assessments and conduct high fidelity realistic simulations for operational assessments.
TRACK 3 – Air Traffic Management (max 15)
Go behind “The Red Brick Wall” and explore the FAA’s Air Traffic Management laboratories: Traffic Flow Management; Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures; Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System/Terminal Automation Modernization Replacement; and En Route Automation Modernization.
TRACK 4 – Cybersecurity (max 30)
Cybersecurity Test Facility (CyTF)
Tour the new NextGen Cybersecurity Test Facility (CyTF) where enterprise information security solutions for the full spectrum of National Air Space systems are evaluated and Cybersecurity exercises are held. Meet the members of the FAA research team that operate the lab and learn how a Cybersecurity exercise is accomplished.
TRACK 5 – NextGen Integration and evaluation capability (max 20)
***U.S. Citizens ONLY***
Come take a tour of the NextGen Integration and Evaluation Capability (NIEC) laboratory where future aviation systems and concepts are being developed today. You will see and hear about some of the past projects that have been conducted in the NIEC which highlight its multiple capabilities. You will also have the opportunity to tour its cockpit simulator and its air traffic control environment featuring a 300-degree virtual tower simulator. Additionally, you will hear about current research being conducted with Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
TRACK 6 - Cockpit simulation facility (max 15)
Tour the Cockpit Simulation Facility, which maintains and operates flight simulators of several civilian aircraft in service today. The facility operates simulators for a B737-800, B777-200, A320, EMB175, single and twin-engine general aviation aircraft, and a rotorcraft simulator, representing common aircraft types in their respective classes. Recent research work will be presented, primarily for weather technology in the cockpit, and attendees will have the opportunity to fly in the simulators.
airport rescue firE fighting (on display outside of main entrance)
The FAA’s Oshkosh Striker aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) research vehicle is one of three vehicles the FAA uses for conducting research into new and innovative technologies for aviation fire fighting. The Striker has a large storage capacity for firefighting agents, and many specialized features. It holds 2,500 gallons of water and features an electronic foam proportioning system that takes the foam concentrate from one tank and mixes it into the water stream at the proper ratio. The system continually monitors itself, providing better control of foam injection and better measurement of the amount of agent used. The vehicle also carries two complimentary extinguishing agents – Halotron and dry chemicals.
The Striker is 40 feet long, about 10 feet wide and 12.5 feet high. It weighs 76,810 pounds, and has six wheels, each 4.4 feet high. The Striker has a Caterpillar C-16, 680-horsepower engine, with an Allison transmission, and is configured for a three-man crew. It is equipped with the standard communications capabilities – air-to-ground radio, for communicating with aircraft crews or towers; and ground-to-ground radio, for communicating with other fire departments and outside agencies.