A human factors researcher applies electroencephalogram probes to participant A tower display
Two seated pilots commanding an aircraft en route

Mission

The NextGen Human Factors Division (ANG-C1) manages multiple research programs that produce scientific and technical information to support the human factors needs of organizations across the Agency, including the Office of NextGen (ANG), the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), and the Office of Aviation Safety (AVS). Outputs from the ANG-C1 programs are used by the FAA to develop and update standards, guidance material, regulations, job aids, procedures, FAA training, and other documentation to support aviation safety, productivity, and efficiency.

Responsibilities

ANG-C1 is an FAA focal for human factors and engineering. The Division performs critical functions to facilitate early integration of human factors in planned concepts, new acquisition programs, and pre-implementation programs. The Division leads multiple work activities to centralize and align human factors needs across the Agency, and to maintain awareness of industry advancements and external collaboration opportunities. These work activities include:

  • Annual development and validation of the National Airspace System (NAS) Enterprise Architecture (EA) Human-System Integration (HSI) roadmap.
  • Annual Human Factors Review with stakeholders from FAA, other government agencies, industry, and academia.
  • Joint FAA – European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Coordination Plan 1.7 (CP1.7) Integration and Harmonization.
  • Designated Federal Official (DFO) for the Research, Engineering, Development, and Advisory Committee (REDAC) Subcommittee on Human Factors

The NextGen Human Factors Division maintains robust partnerships across the Department of Transportation (DOT), other U.S. government agencies and civil aviation authorities, industry, academia, and various workgroups. Each partnership has contributed significantly to supporting the FAA’s mission "to provide the safest, most efficient aviation system in the world."

For further information, please feel free to contact the Human Factors Division at NextGenHF@faa.gov.