The FAA has selected the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to lead its new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance. The center will conduct research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engineers, pilots and technicians, and it is expected to open within the next few months.
The academic team has collegiate aviation-related education programs. Some of its team members also own and operator their own aircraft and airports. Research activities will involve graduate and undergraduate students and will be led by principal investigators from different universities.
The FAA said the center plans to examine human factors issues and new training methods for new learners, including mobile learning.
There are currently 12 of these centers in topic areas including unmanned aircraft systems, operations research, airworthiness assurance and more.