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Friday, September 28, 2012

FAA Establishes Air Transportation Center of Excellence

FAA on Thursday announced a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) led by a group of U.S.-based universities, including Purdue, Ohio State and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The agency said the COE program is a cost-sharing research partnership between academia, industry and the federal government. The collective group has been labeled the FAA Center of Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS).

GE Aviation, Rockwell Collins, Harris Corp., Cessna and Raytheon are among the PEGASAS industry and organizational partners.

FAA said it would invest $500,000 per year for the first five years of the new 10-year agreement to support PEGASAS research and testing efforts in airspace planning and design among other activities.

“The FAA continues its goal of working to reduce general aviation fatalities by 10 percent over a 10-year period, from 2009 to 2018,” said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “The Center of Excellence program is a valuable tool in providing the critical data we need to reduce those accidents.”


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