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Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) facilities team maintains many testing surfaces for various types of vehicles, ranging from scooters to semi-trucks and trailers. Therefore, many TRC surfaces are multi-purpose, such as the Skid Pad, which serves not only as a testing surface, but as a landing pad for small aircrafts.

Approximately every five years, TRC Inc. updates a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) form to maintain the Skid Pad’s status as a landing strip on the FAA Detroit Sectional Aeronautical Chart. This Sectional Aeronautical Chart is available to all pilots as the primary navigational reference medium used by the pilot community.

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Wet Handling Course Improvements

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Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) has taken advantage of the late arrival of winter, installing new “wet handling” asphalt on portions of its Winding Road Course (WRC).

TRC Inc. worked closely with its engineering and construction firms to develop a pavement mix design that would meet its friction* target. The mixture also needed to provide a durable testing surface which will hold up in Ohio’s climate for a long period of time.

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PACE 2016

PACE™ Awards judges and TRC Inc. team members are currently reviewing the 22nd annual Automotive News PACE™ Awards (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) finalists, which were announced in October 2015.

TRC Inc. has sponsored the Automotive News PACE™ Awards since 2001, making 2016 its 15th year of honoring automotive suppliers who have embraced innovation or adapted and reinvented themselves to meet the demands of the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) customer.
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TRC Inc. Featured on TODAY

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Transportation Research Center Inc.’s Impact Laboratory Operations performed a frontal impact test on a school bus at 30 mph for an NBC investigation about why most school buses have no seat belts. On a Thursday morning, September 10, 2015, NBC’s film crew and national investigate correspondent Jeff Rossen visited Transportation Research Center (The Center) to lead the coverage. The school bus housed child dummies, which were not instrumented or wearing seat belts.
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Focus on Active Safety

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TRC Inc. continues to develop plans in conjunction with The Ohio State University to create new road-test facilities focused on the implementation of active safety technologies in passenger and commercial vehicles. As companies in the industry increase the capability of these various vehicle communication systems and environment sensing technology, TRC Inc. aims to provide a controlled environment for research, development, and evaluation of these active safety systems.
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Message from the President

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I would like to thank Jeff Sprague for his leadership as Interim President, the whole TRC team’s efforts during the transition period, and most significantly the support and loyalty from all our partners and customers.

It’s been approximately 90 days since joining TRC Inc., and I am delighted to be here. I have been impressed by the tremendous assets, tremendous support, and tremendous potential. Opportunities abound. I am looking forward to our journey together Driving Toward a Great Future.
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