In collaboration with industry, academia and government partners, the FAA operates a S76A helicopter to perform flight testing in support of aviation research activities to improve helicopter safety. ATAC provides expert research support in multiple fields including systems engineering, system administration, flight testing, data collection and analysis, business management and outreach. ATAC’s support includes employees Jean-Christophe Geffard, Lana Manovych, Scott Sunder and Tyler Travis who have supported S76A operations and other research lab activities at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) located in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The US Federal Laboratories Consortium (FLC) was organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 to promote and strengthen technology transfer nationwide. The FLC is comprised of over 300 federal laboratories including the WJHTC. Recently, the 2019 version of the FLC Planner came out and features an array of images displaying the innovative research and development that occurs every day in our America’s federal labs. The FLC Planner publication is delivered to more than 10,000 recipients throughout the FLC community, including members of Congress, scientists, tech transfer professionals, academia, and industry. This year, the FLC Planner highlighted the work that the FAA and ATAC have been doing together on helicopter safety research.