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. The consortium is entering its 20th year as a Center of Excellence, with no truncation of service.

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



FAA Sponsors 2018 NEXTOR Symposium
October 2018
The 2018 NEXTOR Research Symposium is being hosted at the FAA Quesada Auditorium in Washington, DC on October 26, 2018. The program featured research presentations highlighting recent results from studies conducted by NEXTOR universities. 
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FAA Sponsors 2015 NEXTOR Symposium

May, 2015
The 2015 NEXTOR Research Symposium was held at the FAA Quesada Auditorium in Washington, DC on May 28, 2015. The symposium featured remarks by Dave Chin, NEXTOR Program Director; Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator; and Professor Michael Ball, University of Maryland. The program featured research presentations highlighting recent results from studies conducted by NEXTOR universities.
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FAA and NEXTOR II Sponsor Global Performance Workshop

February, 2015
The workshop "Global Challenges to Improve Air Navigation Performance" was held in Pacific Grove, CA on the Asilomar Conference Grounds on February 11 to 13, 2015. The Workshop brought together decision makers, scholars, and stakeholders from the USA, Europe, and a host of other countries interested in modeling, measuring, and managing the strategic and operational performance of airspace systems around the globe.
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NEXTOR II Researchers Win Multiple Best Paper Awards at ICRAT 2014 Conference in Istanbul, Turkey

June, 2014
NEXTOR II faculty and students won two best paper awards at the 6th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT), held in Istanbul, Turkey in June, 2014:
Alyona Michel and Peter Pelobaba from MIT won for Exchanging Values of Unsold Seats with Airline Alliance Partners in a Competitive Environment, Best Paper in the Economics & Policy / Airline Operations track.
James Jones, David Lovell, and Michael Ball from the University of Maryland won for An Equitable Approach for Transferring Terminal Delay with En Route Speed Control, Best Paper in the Network Management track.

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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