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Upcoming Events

PEGASAS 2017 Annual Meeting
May 24th, 2017 to May 25th, 2017

PEGASAS is pleased to announce the location of our 2017 Annual Meeting at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas  on May 24-26, 2017.  Registration detail will be released very soon.  Please continue check the website for updates.

Texas A&M University

Past Events

PEGASAS Site Directors Meeting
February 12th, 2014
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
PEGASAS 2014 Annual Meeting
June 3rd, 2014 to June 5th, 2014

The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held early June 2014.

  • Tuesday, June 3rd - FAA-led project team only meetings.
  • Wednesday, June 4th - Public meeting with Technical Briefings (Click here for agenda with presentation files).
  • Thursday, June 5th - PEGASAS leadership meetings
  • Visitor Information for Georgia Institute of Technology - Click here
  • Register for the Annual Meeting -Click here
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
EAA AirVenture 2014
July 28th, 2014 to August 3rd, 2014

Students and faculty from PEGASAS universities will be in Oshkosh, WI to participate in EAAs AirVenture 2014.  In addition to participating in booths hosted by three of our core universities (Purdue, Booth 3156 and 3157; Ohio State, Booth 34, and Florida Tech, Booth 32), PEGASAS representatives will also be part of the FAA Aviation Research Divisions display and booth within the FAA Safety Center.

Link to EAA AirVenture 2014

Oshkosh, WI
PEGASAS Site Director Winter Meeting
November 12th, 2014 to November 14th, 2014
FAA W.J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City, NJ
PEGASAS 2015 Annual Meeting
May 27th, 2015 to May 29th, 2015

The 2015 Annual Meeting for the public will be held May 28th, 2015.

There are meetings scheduled before May 28th and those are by invitation only.  You should have been notified by your FAA Technical POC inviting you to attend the pre-conference meeting.  If you have not been invited and you believe you should have been notified, please email to verify your pre-conference attendance.

To register for the annual meeting, please click here.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
PEGASAS 2016 Annual Meeting
June 7th, 2016 to June 9th, 2016
  • Tuesday, June 7th, 2016  Project Team meetings (by invitation only)
  • Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 SPECIAL PRESENTATION by Dave Sizoo, "AOA, more than a display"  at 4pm in Town Engineering Rm 322
  • Wednesday and Thursday, June 8th-9th  Public meeting with technical Presentations
  • To register, click here

Click here to view the agenda

Iowa State University
PEGASAS 2017 Annual Meeting
May 24th, 2017 to May 25th, 2017

PEGASAS is pleased to announce the location of our 2017 Annual Meeting at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas  on May 24-26, 2017.  Registration detail will be released very soon.  Please continue check the website for updates.

Texas A&M University

Recent News

Register now for the PEGASAS 2017 Annual Meeting!

May 3rd, 2017

Registration for our upcoming 2017 Annual Meeting is live!  Please join us at Texas A&M to learn more about all the exciting PEGASAS research project May 24-25th, 2017 in College Station, Texas.  Please register here.

PEGASAS Annual Meeting Agenda and Important Information

One Size Does Not Fit All - FAA Safety Briefing

May 1st, 2016

One Size Does Not Fit All, one of the FAA's May/June safety briefings written by James Williams, was published recently. The article shows how the FAA is working with PEGASAS on the idea of adapting safety measures that are unique to the circumstances of each flight. Find the article attached for more information.

One Size Does Not Fit All

A Long Term Plan of "Attack" - FAA Safety Briefing

May 1st, 2016

A Long Term Plan of "Attack," one of the FAA's May/June safety briefings written by Tom Hoffmann, was published recently. The article shows how the FAA is working with PEGASAS on studying angle of attack data and developing minimum performance standards for angle of attack equipment. Find the article attached for more information.

A Long Term Plan of "Attack"

PEGASAS 2016 Annual Meeting

April 6th, 2016

Registration for the 2016 PEGASAS Annual Meeting is now open! The meeting for the public will be held June 8-9, 2016. There is a public event on the evening of June 7th. Please see attached info sheet.

There are meetings scheduled before June 8th and those are by invitation only.  You should have been notified by your FAA Technical POC inviting you to attend the pre-conference meeting.  If you have not been invited and you believe you should have been notified, please email to verify your pre-conference attendance. Please refer to the attached info sheet for more information and the public schedule.

To register for the annual meeting, click here.

View the Info Sheet and Schedule

FAA Center of Excellence Student RAISE Award Due Soon

April 6th, 2016

The submissions for the Department of Transportation Secretary's 4th Annual RAISE Award are due Wednesday, April 20th, 2016! This is high school and college level recognition by the Secretary of Transportation for achievements and concepts that have the potential to significantly impact the aviation system of the future. Please view the information sheet below for more information on the award.

Raise Information Sheet

Decline in Fatal U.S. Small Place Accidents

April 5th, 2016

Data was recently released by the FAA showing a decline in fatal U.S. small place accidents in 2015. The Wall Street Journal published an article with this information. While the decline is a great success, it is probable that regulatory changes will be issued soon to further the improvements. For more information and to read the full article, click here.

Aviation International News's AINonline Features Rotorcraft ASIAS Project

March 24th, 2016

An AINonline article published this week describes efforts of the Rotorcraft ASIAS project team and features several quotes from the FAA technical monitor, Cliff Johnson. Click here to read the feature.

FAA Proposes Rule to Overhaul Safety Certification Standards for Small Airplanes

March 6th, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today proposed a rule that overhauls the airworthiness standards for small general aviation airplanes. The FAA’s proposal, which is based on industry recommendations, would reduce the time it takes to get safety enhancing technologies for small airplanes into the marketplace while also reducing cost.


“This proposal would improve safety, reduce costs, and leverage innovation to ensure the highest level of safety is designed and built into small airplanes,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “General aviation is vital to the U.S. economy, and this proposal would benefit manufacturers, pilots, and the general aviation community as a whole.”


The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking restructures the existing certification standards and replaces the current prescriptive design requirements in Part 23 with performance-based standards that maintain the same level of safety. It would add new certification standards to address general aviation loss of control accidents and in-flight icing conditions. The proposal establishes performance- and risk-based divisions for airplanes with a maximum seating capacity of 19 passengers or less and a maximum takeoff weight of 19,000 pounds or less.  


“This proposal would streamline how we approve new technologies for small piston-powered airplanes all the way to complex high-performance executive jets,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “The FAA’s collaboration with industry and international partners reflects a performance-based, flexible approach which would accommodate today’s rapidly changing aviation industry and technological advances now and in the future.”


The proposal responds to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013, which directed the FAA to streamline the approval of safety advancements for small general aviation aircraft. It also addresses recommendations from the FAA’s 2013 Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.

The FAA estimates that the overall economic impact would be cost beneficial.  This proposal would affect airplane manufacturers, engine manufacturers, and operators of affected equipment.  A video highlights the benefits of the proposed rule.


The comment period is 60 days from publication in the Federal Register.

Crossley Awarded the 2016 Leadership Award

March 2nd, 2016

Director William Crossley was recently awarded the Leadership Award by the Purdue Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence. He will be recognized at the 14th annual College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Program in April.

Georgia Tech Student Named Department of Transportation Student of the Year

February 23rd, 2016

Georgia Tech's student, Evan Harrison, was named Department of Transportation Student of the Year for his involvement in Safety Analysis for General Aviation. Click here to read more about the excellent recognition.

Cessna's Top Hawk University Program

February 1st, 2016

Cessna’s Top Hawk University program is starting soon. The participating universities were announced recently and will be receiving a new Cessna 172 in February. The participants will be Kent State University, LeTourneau University, Purdue University, and Westminster College. Click here for more information on the announcement and the program.

PEGASAS Angle of Attack Video focus of AVweb article

October 26th, 2015

An AvWeb article published today focuses on the PEGASAS Project Angle of Attack. This AOA video was created as a product of the research into Angle of Attack devices. The FAA has posted this video on their you tube feed.  

Please click the below link to view the article.

AOPA Releases Annual Joseph T. Nall Report

September 14th, 2015

The 24th Joseph T. Nall Report gives statistics and a detailed analysis of 2012’s general aviation accidents categorized by different types and aviation classes. Also, for the first time, the report includes data on helicopter accidents. For the full report, please visit the AOPA website by clicking here.

PEGASAS Pavement Marking Presence Tool Project featured in Focus FAA aritcle

July 30th, 2015

The PEGASAS project Pavement Marking Presence Tool has been featured in an FAA Publication called Focus FAA.  The article focuses on research and development of an mobile app to inspect paint markings on airport pavements.  The FAA and researchers believe that clear markings on the pavement will help reduce the number of runway incursions.  Runway incursions are on the ATO top 5 list of safety hazards.  PEGASAS researchers Omar Smadi at Iowa State and Paul Carlson from Texas A&M are the leads for this project.  The FAA hopesto have a prototype ready for inspectors for field tests by the end of September.

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PEGASAS Core Member The Ohio State University receives $10M donation to enhance aviation education

July 27th, 2015

The Ohio State University announces the donation of $10M from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation to upgrade aviation education and research facilities.  The gift will support construction of a new facility with state of the art flight simulator, research labs and classrooms.  The Austin E. Knowlton foundation seeks to promote and advance higher education in the United States.

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National Pilot Supply Summit

April 28th, 2015

The National Pilot Supply Summit will be held on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on April 28th, 2015 (with an evening welcome reception on the 27th).

The agenda for this full day meeting will bring together a roster of nationally recognized researchers, industry trade organizations, air carriers, and others to present and have in depth discussion on the vital "pilot shortage" issue facing global aviation.

Please share with your colleagues.  We hope you can attend.

For more information and registration, please visit

The Heat is On... the Runway

April 28th, 2015

In this article, Focus FAA discusses research sponsored by the William J. Hughes Technical Center into cost-beneficial methods to de-ice runways and other airport areas during winter.

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FAA Focus Article

April 28th, 2015

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NTSB Issues General Aviation Safety Alerts

April 9th, 2015

The NTSB issues safety alerts for general aviation on the issues of mastering mountain flying skills and to mechanics to offer advice on avoiding misrigging mistakes.  All safety alerts are the results of issues identified in several recent investigations.  Within those alerts there are summaries of the accidents and an exploration of the safety issued they have identified.  For more information on these and other safety alerts please visit the NTSB Safety Alert Website.

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  


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 

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.

Past Year's News

PEGASAS Annual Meeting

The PEGASAS Annual Meeting was held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on September 16th to the 18th, 2013. Click here to view the agenda of the meeting as well as download PDFs of the presentations.