Aeronautical Progress in the Federal Aviation Agency 650247
This paper briefly reviews the magnitude, reasons for, and nature of FAA research and development programs aimed at advancing civil aviation. The paper includes consideration of aeromedical programs such as effects of agricultural sprays on pilot flight capability and the development of survival equipment. The FAA programs to improve safety of aviation, including such efforts as crash worthiness, fire protection, noise suppression, and lightning studies are covered. The programs to modernize and automate the air traffic control system and to develop all-weather landing systems are discussed.