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Future Transportation System Opportunities and Constraints

Project Number: 096
Category: Aircraft Technology Innovation

The primary objective of this research project is to support the FAA in modeling and assessing the potential future evolution of the next generation aircraft fleet while supporting the FAA Office of Environment & Energy goals and objectives. Research under this project will consist of three integrated focus areas:

  1. Developing a set of harmonized scenarios investigating what the air transportation system will look like in 2050, 2075, or 2100;
  2. Modeling advanced aircraft technologies and advanced vehicles expected to enter the fleet through 2100; and
  3. Performing vehicle and fleet level assessments based on input from the FAA and the results of the other tasks.


This research effort will produce scenarios and a methodology that can evaluate advanced technologies and vehicles in the coming decades. The research aims to provide insights into the future of the aviation industry, examining the potential technological advancements and regulatory changes required to overcome the challenges facing the sector. The research will provide valuable information for policymakers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders to make informed decisions regarding the future direction of the aviation industry.

Last updated 7/10/2023

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