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Universities team up with FAA on GA safety


More than a dozen universities and numerous companies will work with the FAA over the next decade to make general aviation safer. The Center of Excellence initiative is part of the FAA's broader effort to reduce GA fatalities by 10 percent by 2018. The agency will spend at least $5 million funding the research initiative, with companies pitching in an equal amount. The sixteen universities across the U.S. will work on a variety of issues affecting general aviation, from airport safety and human factors to weather avoidance and making aircraft systems safer. The FAA has funded several other Centers of Excellence in the last decade, working on topics like ADS-B, improving pilot training and making airplanes quieter.