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Federal Aviation Administration Plan for Research, Engineering and Development 1993

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The Federal Aviation Administration FAA manages and operates the National Airspace System NAS, a significant national resource. However, the demands on this system are continuously growing, and changing technologies provide the opportunity to dramatically improve system effectiveness and efficiency. To this end, the FAAs R,ED Program is an investment in the future that will sustain the United States preeminence in aviation throughout the world. Without this investment, the United States leadership would erode. Thus, the importance of aviation to the Nation Mandates a comprehensive research, engineering, and development program to ensure both the safety of public air transportation and the fulfillment national priorities and policy goals. The contributions of aviation to the Nations economy cannot be overstated. Aviation and related industries contribute over 600 billion to the United States economy 5.5 percent gross domestic product GDP, encompassing over 8 million jobs. Aviation is critical to business travel, tourism, and travel services a 47.5 billion industry, as well as aircraft components 24.7 billion, cargo and mail transport, and industrial national and international competitiveness. Aerospace is by far the largest exporting industry for the United States, with a 1990 industry trade surplus of 27 billion. The United States is currently the recognized world leader in aerospace, aviation, and air traffic control, However, this leadership role cannot be sustained without continued research into new and evolving technologies.

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  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Terminal Flight Facilities
  • Commercial and General Aviation
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Air Navigation and Guidance
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

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