The FAA Consortium in 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



43rd Annual Short Course

Airport Systems Planning and Design
June 23-26, 2014
University of California, Berkeley
NEXTOR-II is offering this four-day course, covering the broad spectrum of airport planning and design issues within the evolving context of the air transportation industry. The course provides an introduction to 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. These issues are examined in the context of recent trends in airline service, fuel costs, industry structure and evolving efforts to address climate change and sustainability.
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NEXTOR II has completed its project:

Flight Predictability: Concept, Metrics and Impacts
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NEXTOR II has completed its project:

The Impact of Oil Prices on the Air Transportation Industry
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NEXTOR II has completed its project:

Flight Cancellation Behavior and Aviation Performance
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NEXTOR II student wins 2014 ACRP Research Stipend

Richard Penn, Georgia Tech
A comparison of airlines' real-time flight delay and cancellation notification.

NEXTOR II Students win Best Paper Awards

NEXTOR-II students won two awards in the 2013 INFORMS Aviation Applications Best Student Paper Competition:
    Winner: Alexandre Jacquillat, MIT, Airport Congestion Mitigation through Schedule Coordination: An Integrated Approach
    Honorable Mention: Yi Liu, UC Berkeley, Cost Optimization under Capacity Uncertainty in Ground Delay Program: Single Airport Case

NEXTOR II team places in design competition

A NEXTOR-II student team was awarded 2st place in the National FAA Design Competition for Universities (2013), Airport Management and Planning Category: Dynamic Collaborative Gate Allocation
Students: Alex Cuevas, Joanna Ji, Mattan Mansoor, Katharina McLaughlin, Hoang Nguyen, Joshua Sachse
Primary faculty advisor: Jasenka Rakas

NEXTOR Researchers Win Multiple Best Paper Awards at ATM 2013 Symposium in Chicago

June, 2013
NEXTOR faculty and students won two best paper awards at the 10th USA/Europe Air Traffic Management R&D Seminar, held in Chicago in June, 2013:
Bo Zou, Mark Hansen Matthew Elke:Evaluating Air Carrier Fuel Efficiencyand CO2 Emissions in the U.S. AirlineIndustry, Best paper in the environment and energy efficiency track.
Lu Hao and Mark Hansen: How Airlines Set Scheduled BlockTimes, Best paper in the finance and policy track.

NEXTOR II students win ACRP stipends

Several NEXTOR-II students won research stipends from the 2013 Aviation Cooperative Research Program:
Yi Liu, UC Berkeley, Evaluation of the Performance of Ground Delay Program
James C. Jones, U of Maryland, Methods for Curbing the Exemption Bias in Ground Delay Programs Through Speed Control
Susan L. Hotle, Georgia Tech, The Role of Competitor Pricing on Multi-Airport Choice
Thomas A. Wall, Georgia Tech, Exploring the Use of Egocentric Online Social Network Data to Characterize Individual Air Travel Behavior
Alexandre Jacquillat, MIT, Congestion Mitigation at JFK: The Potential of Schedule Coordination
Yi-Hsin Lin, MIT, Prediction of Terminal-Area Weather Penetration Based on Operational Factors

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