has assembled a group of government, industry and academic researchers to explore methods for meeting the environmental goals of the agency's implementation of its multi-billion dollar NextGen program.
Through $40 million in funding provided by the Department of Transportation (DoT), the agency has formed the Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE), led by Washington State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The group's goal is to study new aircraft technologies and sustainable alternative aviation jet fuels to develop methods for achieving NextGen's targets for reducing aircraft noise and improving air quality.
Industry partners involved in COE include Boeing
, Honeywell and Rolls-Royce among others.
continues its goal to improve National Airspace System energy efficiency by at least two percent per year, and to develop and deploy alternative jet fuels for commercial aviation, with a target of one billion gallons of alternate jet fuel in use by 2018,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “This Center of Excellence is a valuable tool to provide the critical data we need to reach these goals.”
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