The Federal Aviation Administration has selected 14 universities to lead the Air Transportation Center for Excellence, which will research alternative jet fuels and aviation’s environmental impact.
The FAA has also awarded the center a $40 million grant, which will be paid out annually over the 10-year life of the program. Additional funding will come from academia and the airline industry.
The colleges involved are Boston University, the University of Dayton, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Hawaii, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Missouri University of Science and Technology, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Washington.
“This innovative partnership supports President Obama’s national plan to address climate change,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “The Center of Excellence will tap talented universities to help us take environmentally friendly, alternative jet fuel technology to the next level. Airlines and their customers will both benefit from their work developing cleaner fuel that supports the environment and continued aviation growth.”
Previously, the FAA has established centers for excellence covering aircraft noise and emissions mitigation, commercial space transportation, airworthiness assurance, airport technology, and other airline topics. Congress authorized the creation of the centers with 1990’s Federal Aviation Administration Research, Engineering and Development Authorization Act
. - Jon Ross