Corporate Pilots – We Need Your Help!

Would you like to contribute to the development of new flight deck capabilities?

Invitation to Participate in Aviation Research

The Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) is the FAA’s Federally-Funded Research and Development Center, operated by The MITRE Corporation. CAASD helps to improve the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System by advising the FAA on new technologies and procedures, and by helping inform FAA policy decisions through technical analysis. More information on CAASD is available at

CAASD is soliciting the help of pilots to assess new technology and flight deck procedures along with pilot roles and responsibilities during various research simulations. The research being conducted generally involves concepts that are in the early stages of development. Corporate pilot input is needed to help fully develop these new concepts. The data collected during these studies is held in the strictest of confidence and is de-identified prior to analysis. The aggregate study data will be used to mature concepts prior to implementation. As the ultimate end users of this technology it is important to have pilot participation and input early in the concept development process to help identify any issues and develop solutions to complex problems.

CAASD’s research laboratories have several flight deck simulation platforms and conduct research across a range of flight deck related domains including Transport Category, Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPV or UAS), and General Aviation. The operations utilized during a particular simulation vary from study to study and may include taxi, departure, en-route and arrival procedures under both VFR and IFR. Qualified participants must hold a minimum of a Commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating and have experience flying within the National Airspace System (NAS) within the past 6 months. A current medical certificate is not required, but participants must have operated an aircraft within the last 6 months.

The typical simulation requires about 4 hours to complete, but some research may require longer or shorter time commitments. CAASD’s primary simulation facility is located in McLean, Virginia (suburban Washington, D.C.), but experiments are sometimes conducted at other research facilities. MITRE will provide compensation to pilots who participate in simulation research, however, contractual limitations do not allow for compensation to current Federal, State, or Local Government employees.

Numerous research projects are conducted throughout the year. Qualified individuals who are interested in participating in these important research activities should complete the online questionnaire below. If there are any questions, please send an email to

Thank you for your interest and support in the advancement of aviation!

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