A typical center visit consisted of initial presentations by center senior management to acquaint the committee with the operations of the center and to address earlier questions and information requirements. Walking tours of R&D facilities and laboratories followed. During these tours committee members had adequate time to interact with the research scientists and engineers and to ask questions. After the tours the committee members had the opportunity to meet and interact with working research scientists and engineers. Typically, around 15 people attended these hour-long sessions, and the committee developed a keen sense of the issues facing the research scientists. Before departure the committee members met to record their initial findings.

At the second committee meeting, in Irvine, California, on November 11 and 12, 2009, the committee was briefed on the fundamental research, equipment, and facilities at Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC). This briefing and the resulting discussions form the basis of the assessment of DFRC in Chapter 4.

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