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FAA Selects New Center of Excellence

By Juliet Van Wagenen | August 12, 2016
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New FAA Center of Excellence to improve training for aviation professionals. Photo: FAA

[Avionics Today 08-12-2016] The FAA has selected the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teams to lead the new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP). The COE will conduct research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engineers, pilots and technicians.

“This public-private partnership will help us focus on the challenges and opportunities of this cutting-edge field of research,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said. “We expect this team will help us educate and train aviation professionals well into the future.”

A partnership of principal investigators from the different universities will perform the research projects. The universities will engage senior faculty as well as graduate-level and undergraduate students in their research activities. The FAA expects the COE will be fully operational and engaged in a robust research agenda within the next few months.

The COE will look to incorporate advancements in teaching, such as part-task training, modeling, immersive human-in-the-loop simulation, and adaptive learning technologies that are standard in other technical workforces. The center will examine human factors issues such as changes in learner expectations and academic best practices for training a new generation of learners. It also will research innovative training methods for this new generation. This includes new technologies such as mobile learning as well as new ways of collecting and managing training data.

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