The National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR II) is a consortium of 8 universities contracted by the Federal Aviation Administration to provide research support for a wide variety of aviation issues. The consortium was awarded the NEXTOR II contract in 2011, and builds upon the success of the original NEXTOR consortium, which operated under the FAA's Centers of Excellence program from 1996-2006.

Our strategic goal is to lead the aviation community by advancing new ideas and paradigms for aviation operations, educating and training aviation professionals, and promoting knowledge transfer among industry, government and academic leaders.
Core members include:
  • George Mason University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Maryland at College Park
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Purdue University
  • The Ohio State University



NEXTOR Researchers Win Multiple Best Paper Awards at ATM 2011 Symposium in Berlin

June 17, 2011
Ioannis Simaiakis, Harshad Khadilkar, Hamsa Balakrishnan, Tom Reynolds, and John Hansman of MIT and Brenda Reilly and Stephen Urlass of the FAA won best paper in Environment and Energy Efficiency as well as the Kevin Corker Award for the Best Conference paper for their paper, Demonstration of Reduced Airport Congestion through Pushback Rate Control.

Vikrant Vaze and Cindy Barnhart of MIT won best paper in Network and Strategic Traffic Flow Optimization for their paper, A Multi-stakeholder Evaluation of Strategic Slot Allocation Schemes under Airline Frequency Competition.

Gukuran Buxi and Mark Hansen of UC Berkeley won best paper in Weather and ATM for their paper, Generating Probabilistic Capacity from Weather Forecast: A Design-of-Experiment Approach.

Andrew Churchill and Michael Ball of the University of Maryland and Alexander Donaldson and John Hansman of MIT won best paper in Finance and Policy for their paper, Integrating Best-Equipped Best-Served Principles in Ground Delay Programs.

Conference website (with papers)

NEXTOR publishes Year 1 Report

May 19, 2011
NEXTOR researchers published their Year 1 Report, "Distributed Mechanisms for Determining NAS-Wide Service Level Expectations".
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NEXTOR publishes revised Total Delay Impact Study

December 16, 2010
In a comprehensive study commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NEXTOR researchers analyzed data from 2007 to calculate the economic impact of flight delays on airlines and passengers, the cost of lost demand, and the collective impact of these costs on the U.S. economy. The study authors found that increased delays directly correlate with increased costs.

The revised final report corrects an error in the calculation of the costs from lost demand due to flight delays that appeared in the original October 2010 report.
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39th Annual Short Course

Airport Systems Planning and Design
November 15-18, 2010
University of California, Berkeley
NEXTOR is offering this short course, which provides an introduction to the broad range of issues that arise in planning airport systems and the development of new and existing airports, as well as the design of airport facilities to handle both aircraft and passenger demand.
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