Welcome to PEGASAS

Mission Statement

The Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for General Aviation. The mission of PEGASAS is to enhance general aviation safety, accessibility, and sustainability by partnering the FAA with a national network of world-class researchers, educators and industry leaders.

Upcoming Events

PEGASAS 2015 Annual Meeting
May 27th, 2015 to May 29th, 2015

Public meeting will be held on May 28, 2015

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

News and Announcements

FAA to Begin Testing Lead-Free Aircraft Fuels

March 23rd, 2015

The Press of Atlantic City (NJ) (3/13, Wittkowski) reported that the FAA “will start testing on lead-free fuels this month” at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center in an effort “to reduce environmentally harmful emissions from general aviation aircraft.” As there is no certainty that any of these unleaded fuels will ever hit the market, Dave Atwood, FAA mechanical engineer and program manager for the testing, said that the agency “doesn’t pick a winner. The market will decide.” The tests represented “a $30 million research program.”

PEGASAS Researcher Darcy Bullock receives the Team Award

March 9th, 2015

The Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) and Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) receives the Team Award during the Purdue University College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence.

Darcy Bullock, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of JTRP, is also a PEGASAS researcher working on Aviation Rumble Strips to Enhance Aviation Safety.

He will recieve the award on April 10th at a reception and dinner hosted by Purdue University College of Engineering.

PEGASAS site director for Georgia Tech, Dr. Dimitri Mavris Named NIA Langley Professor

March 3rd, 2015

The Atlanta Business Chronicle (2/25, Caldwell, Subscription Publication) reported that Dimitri Mavris, director of the Georgia Tech School of Aerospace Engineering’s Aerospace Systems Design Lab, has been named the National Institute of Aerospace’s (NIA) Langley Distinguished Professor in Advanced Aerospace Systems Architecture following the retirement of Alan Wilhite, according to NASA. The NIA, founded “by a consortium of universities and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation,” was designed to “support” the research at the Langley Research Center.

Source: AIAA Daily Launch

Read the full article here.

PEGASAS Heated Pavements Project Highlighted by Iowa State University

March 2nd, 2015

PEGASAS researcher Halil Ceylon and Iowa State associate professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research at Iowa State’s Institute for Transportation has been recognized for his research on Heated Pavements.

Ceylan has assembled a team of 19 faculty, staff and students to develop the pavement technologies and analyze their costs and benefits. He said Iowa State, as home of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, is the perfect place to research and develop new ways to keep runways clear of snow and ice. 

"This provides a safe working platform for airport personnel and passengers,” he said. “And it’s environmentally friendly – airports don’t have to use tons of de-icing salts. This also translates into reduced emissions and costs because airports don’t have to treat the wastewater associated with de-icing of airport pavements, which is otherwise mandatory.”

The PEGASAS Heated Pavement Project is led by Dr. Halil Ceylan at Iowa State and partners with a team of researchers at Purdue University led by Dr. Jason Weiss.

Read full article here

GAMA Study Shows $219 Billion Economic Impact in U.S.

February 13th, 2015

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released a study this week examining GA-related industries and their direct and indirect benefits to the economy. General Aviation supplied 1.1 million jobs and contributed $219 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013.  The top 10 states ranked by total output attributable to GA in 2013 were California, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Ohio and New York.

Read the full report here


PEGASAS site director for Texas A&M, Prof. John Valasek received the 2015 Leland Atwood Award

January 6th, 2015

PEGASAS site director for Texas A&M, Prof. John Valasek received the 2015 Leland Atwood Award in honor of his outstanding work with students at Texas A&M University as well as his contributions to the aerospace profession. Johns colleagues and peers honored him with the award on January 6 at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech Forum in Kissimmee.

Read the Article Here


Research Spotlight: Heated Airport Pavement Systems

October 31st, 2014

Maintaining the operational safety of runways during snowfall events is challenging for many airports.  The surface traction of paved surfaces is dramatically influenced by ice, snow or slush, which can hamper air traffic management operations and cause delays at other airports.

Iowa State Universtiy (ISU) is currently working with the Federal Aviation Administration to research the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of heated pavement technologies as an alternative for keeping aiport pavement free of ice and snow.

Link to Article

Texas A&M Engineering news highlights participation in Weather Technology In the Cockpit (WTIC) research, solicits pilot participation in studies

October 16th, 2014

PEGASAS site director for Texas A&M, Prof. John Valasek, and his colleague, Prof. Tom Ferris, are featured in an article discussing Weather Technology In the Cockpit (WTIC) research to investigate how weather-related technology and information can improve general aviation safety.  One of four WTIC projects underway within PEGASAS, the Texas A&M-led effort concentrates on General Aviation Weather Alerting".  

The full press release is available here: 

AVweb Article - FAA Selects Fuels for Testing

September 8th, 2014

Taking another step forward in the ongoing effort to find a replacement for 100LL, the FAA said on Monday it has selected four unleaded fuels that will undergo testing. According to EAA, the FAA has chosen two formulas from Swift Fuels, one from Shell, and one from Total.

Link to Article

FAA-COE-PEGASAS Researchers to Present at 2014 FAA Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference

July 29th, 2014

Several PEGASAS researchers to present at the 2014 FAA Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference which will be held in Galloway (Oceanville), New Jersey, on August 5-7, 2014.  Click for Link to Conference

Below are the presentations which will be delivered by the PU and ISU PEGASAS teams:

  • Toward the Use of Phase Change Materials (PCM) in Concrete Pavements: Evaluation of Thermal Properties of PCM by Liston et al. Presenter: Yaghoob Farnam, PU
  • Greenhouse Gas Emission Analysis for Heated Pavement System by Shen et al.  Presenter: Weibin Shen, ISU
  • Cost Comparison of Alternative Airfield Snow Removal Methodologies by Anand et al. Presenter: Pritha Anand, ISU
  • Smart Airport Pavement Instrumentation and Health Monitoring by Yang et al. Presenter: Halil Ceylan, ISU

FAA Conducting its Annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey

July 21st, 2014

FAA Annual GA and Part 135 Activity Survey

The FAA is contacting pilots requesting they complete the General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey. The information helps set FAA priorities and allocate resources, so it is important for contacted pilots to complete the survey.

Link to Survey

Press Release FAA Receives Unleaded Fuels Proposals

July 10th, 2014

The July 10 press release from the FAA describes important developments in the efforts to replace 100LL in general aviation aircraft. Click Here for Full Article

Rumble Strip Study - Airport Technology R&D Branch News Article

July 3rd, 2014

On June 24th and 25th, Don Gallagher (FAA) and Mike DiPilato (SRA International) traveled to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana to meet with faculty and students that are working on the rumble strip study. Rumble strips are being evaluated as a possible tool to reduce the risk of runway incursions. Don and Mike oversaw the installation of raised rumble strips on a ramp at Purdue University Airport and participated in evaluating these rumble strips. Numerous rumble strip configurations were evaluated by the research team in a Cirrus SR20 and Cessna 172 aircraft. Over the next several weeks, the research team will evaluate the effectiveness of these rumble strips in several types of single and multi-engine general aviation aircraft. Milled rumble strips will be installed on an asphalt ramp at Purdue University Airport in the coming weeks. These rumble strips will also be evaluated by the research team in both single and multi-engine aircraft. At the conclusion of the evaluation period, a report will be written, summarizing the findings from these evaluations. This work is being conducted through a grant under the PEGASAS Center of Excellence program.

Winners Selected for 2013-2014 National FAA Design Competition for Universities

June 26th, 2014

Contact:  Mary Sandy, Virginia Space Grant Consortium  

757/766-5210; msandy@odu.edu

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently selected winners for its eighth annual Design Competition for Universities. Top honors went to student teams from the University of Rhode Island, the University of Colorado Boulder and Roger Williams University.

The competition seeks to engage students at U.S. colleges and universities in addressing issues facing airports while providing quality educational experiences and exposure to aviation and airport-related careers.  Students were invited to propose in four (4) technical challenge areas:  airport operations and maintenance; runway safety; airport environmental interactions, and airport management and planning. The competition requires that students work with a faculty advisor, and that they reach out to airport operators and to industry experts to obtain advice and to assess the practicality of their proposed designs/solutions.

Two FAA Design Competition winning teams with PEGASAS connections include:

iTug: The Next Generation of Ground Support Vehicles submitted by Purdue University / College of Technology. Advisor:  Professor Mary Johnson.

Runway Safety, Runway Incursions, Runway Excursions: Improving Safety by Integrating Changeable LED Message Signage submitted by The Ohio State University. Advisor:  Seth Young, PhD., AAR, CFI.

A complete list of First, second and third place awards for each challenge area can be found at http://FAADesignCompetition.odu.edu 

Survey Looks At Weather Decision Making - Article in AV web biz

June 18th, 2014

Three Midwestern universities are asking pilots to help them solve the riddle of why VFR pilots press on in IMC conditions despite the wealth of weather tools available in the flight planning room and in the cockpit. As part of the Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) Center of Excellence for General Aviation established by the FAA, pilots are being asked to take part in a survey to help researchers at Purdue, Western Michigan and Kent State Universities understand how VFR pilots gather weather information and how they apply that knowledge in flight.

The survey looks at the types of meteorological information used, procedures and weather avoidance techniques, along with the types and recency of training in weather topics. "We are also very interested in learning about the weather technology capability you have in the airplane(s) you fly and how you utilize that equipment to make safe and timely weather avoidance decisions in flight," the surveys designers say in their pitch for participants. Participants must be 18 and active pilots and are assured of anonymity.

Click Here for Article in AV web biz

Public meeting with Technical Briefings

June 4th, 2014

Click here for the agenda and presentation files.

2014 PEGASAS Outstanding Student Researchers Recognized at Annual Meeting

June 4th, 2014

Five students working on PEGASAS research projects were recognized as Outstanding Student Researchers for 2014 at the PEGASAS Annual Meeting.

The students were recognized during the meeting events held at Georgia Institute of Technology, where they received a certificate and had the opportunity to meet Dennis Filler, Director of the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, and Eric Neiderman, Acting Manager of the FAA Aviation Research Division.

The 2014 PEGASAS Outstanding Student Researchers are:

  • Alek Gavrilovski, Georgia Tech
  • Weibin Shen, Iowa State
  • Marshall A. Pomeroy, Ohio State
  • Leah Liston, Purdue
  • James Cody Fox, Western Michigan
From these Outstanding Student Researchers who are eligible for the Department of Transportations Student of the Year award, the PEGASAS Advisory Board selected Leah Liston to be the PEGASAS nominee for the DOT award.

PEGASAS Researcher Receives Office of Engagement Award

May 12th, 2014

Darcy Bullock, professor of civil engineering and director of the Joint Transportation Research Program, has been chosen along with his research team, to receive the second annual Corps of Engagement Award from Purdue Office of Engagement. The award recognizes outstanding partnership and achievement in engagement. 
Darcy will begin research on the newest PEGASAS project "Aviation Rumble Strips to Enhance Aviation Safety" starting May 2014.

PEGASAS Researcher Earns Top Teaching Award at Purdue

March 27th, 2014

Jason Weiss, the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor in Civil Engineering at Purdue University, has been named a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards in Memory of Charles B. Murphy. Weiss was surprised with the news Thursday (March 27).  Prof. Weiss is one of the researchers on PEGASAS Project 1: Heated Airport Pavements; he leads the Purdue University part of that research team.

The Case for Heated Runways - WSJ.com

February 19th, 2014

Tired of canceled winter flights? Imagine a world of heated runways. This article from the Wall Street Journal mentions current PEGASAS projects. Click here to read the article.