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Research

Unlike many university-affiliated programs that pursue mainly theoretical research, the Avionics Engineering Center supports the entire life cycle of avionics engineering, from identifying needs to conceptualization and actual design, development, implementation, testing, and improvement of various electronic systems for aviation.

And, unlike many government agencies or private-sector contractors, we have the resources and flexibility of a research institution, including world-class facilities, simulation tools and field testing capabilities.

We benefit from our access to faculty members who serve as consultants, staff engineers, and technicians, and undergraduate and graduate student-interns familiar with the most recent developments in avionics.

Our research projects cover a range of avionics topics, including advanced flight controls, GPS and Local Area Augmentation Systems, Joint Precision Approach and Landing Systems, Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast, Dual Airborne Laser Scanner, Distance Measuring Equipment, high fidelity signal quality monitoring, as well as field and flight inspections, evaluations, and testing.

Because of our unique services and impressive track record, the Avionics Engineering Center has been awarded contracts totaling more than $135 million from sponsors like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as from state and foreign governments and private industry.