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Flight Research Aerospace

Flight Research Aerospace, (FRA) is a Veteran-owned small business, specializing in advanced aviation research, development, engineering, test, evaluation, and training.

Avionics Engineering

About FRA

FRA was established in 2005 to provide NASA, the FAA, and private industry with aviation professionals to enable Air Traffic Management and Human Factors research.  Since then, our mission and customer base have grown to include software and systems engineering, and Live, Virtual, Constructive Distributed Simulation engineering for the FAA, DoD, and industry partners along with database administration.  Over the last 3 years, FRA has been integral in NASA and FAA research and test activities relating to Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations in the National Airspace System (NAS), sourcing ground-based subject matter experts, and simulation engineers for both laboratory and live-fly research projects.


Our Services

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End to End Simulation Services

FRA’s core competencies in aircraft system integration stem from early involvement in NASA’s aerospace modeling and simulation activities. From initial development and operation of NASA’s Virtual Airspace Simulation Technology (VAST), to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects with Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) Distributed Environments for UAS and UAM research, FRA is at the center of these efforts.  

FRA has the knowledge and experience required to design and develop new simulators and/or simulation capabilities and seamlessly integrate and verify system upgrades. 


Our engineers integrate advanced technology capabilities into simulation systems, including the development of advanced engineering techniques to improve simulation fidelity and validity.


Their expertise in end-to-end simulation design and implementation includes the ability to design, run, and test networks, software and hardware infrastructure, software system architecture, and system interoperability. 


Our systems engineers impact the broader aviation ecosystem through designing air traffic management systems for novel concepts and the next generation of commercial air transport, looking towards urban air mobility, air taxis, and integrated fleet management solutions.


Subject Matter Expertise

With over 1,000 aviation professionals in our constantly renewing database, we are continuously ensuring our experts are current and qualified, with recent and relevant experience.  Our associates are comprehensively screened to ensure they are whom they say they are, and that they are truly experts.  Most of our associates have cut their teeth on research projects at NASA Ames Research Center in the Aviation Systems Division.  They have been exposed to, and part of, leading-edge research and development of new aerospace capabilities, ranging from NextGen air traffic management, to unmanned systems, to new concepts of operations, such as single-pilot operations, and remote co-pilots.


FAA Documentation

Flight Research Associates provides support to the Federal Aviation Administration in the redesigning of the airspace and procedures in defined Metroplex environments. FRA participates in and supports the development of national airspace and procedure redesign efforts, and then supports the actual design of airspace and procedure efforts. This includes supporting the documentation of team progress and decisions, supporting the development of study and team reports, supporting the development of required reports to support the METROPLEX program, including Next Generation Air Transportation system (NextGen), FAA Headquarters, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Congressional reporting.


Working Together

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Contact Us

455 N Whisman Road Suite 400


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