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Aviation Systems Division

The Aviation Systems Division conducts research and development in two primary areas: air traffic management, and high-fidelity flight simulation. For air traffic management, researchers are creating and testing concepts to allow for up to three times today’s level of aircraft in the national airspace. 

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Ames Research Center


December 20, 1939



Division Chief

William Chan