Aeronautics forms the technical basis of the aviation industry. The design of flight vehicles builds on aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, and controls. The operation of flight vehicles in the United States is coordinated in the National Airspace System (NAS), and integrates various surveillance (e.g., radar, DME) and communication technologies.
The FAA has embarked on deploying a new system architecture for the NAS. Known has NextGen, it integrates new technologies which are intended to to make the NAS safer and more efficient. As it is deployed, aircraft operators, air traffic controllers, and other personnel must adjust to the features of the new system.
The Academy is involved in commercial aviation a variety of ways. It was involved in creating industry standards for training of commercial aircraft flight crews. It has also done flight test of new avionics, helping pave the way for their acceptance in the NAS.