The US Federal Aviation Administration has strengthened its National Resource Specialist (NRS) programme, the cadre of specialised technical experts serving as consultants within the aviation agency and to the aviation industry on aircraft-certification matters. The FAA has filled 17 of the 18 NRS positions available. These include Hals Larsen, a former Boeing engineer who led the team which developed the Boeing 777's propulsion system, who was appointed in July as the agency's chief scientific and technical advisor for power plant control systems. Dr Kathy Abbott has joined from NASA to become the FAA's NRS for human factors. Abbott had co-chaired the FAA's two-year human-factors review of the impact of automation in modern-airliner flight-decks.


Source: Flight International