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 was held 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. 
News story about the symposium
Symposium schedule

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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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