The AOPA Air Safety Foundation is helping the FAA recruit about 30 volunteer pilots from the Mid-Atlantic area to help test a new hardware system that could help minimize runway incursions. Selected volunteers will be asked to taxi and have the opportunity to "fly" an FAA advanced simulator at the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J. The entire simulation will take about two hours.
Pilots with a variety of certification and experience levels, ranging from new private pilots to veteran ATPs, are needed for the test. Simulator slots at the FAA Technical Center will be available from July 21 through the end of August 2003.
This is a volunteer-only study, and those chosen to participate must provide their own transportation to and from the FAA's simulator site at the Atlantic City International Airport (ACY).
To apply to be a volunteer, call the AOPA Pilot Information Center, 800/USA-AOPA (800/872-2672). Aviation technical specialists will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, to take basic information including type of FAA pilot certificate, ratings, and flying experience. Volunteers selected for the study will be contacted directly by Titan Corporation, the contractor for this FAA project.