Commercial aviation (51 - 59 of 59 items)
Airport Capacity: Synopses of Major Studies
RCED-92-117FS: Published: Feb 5, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO summarized the 14 major airspace capacity-enhancement studies produced since 1987.GAO noted that the options that the studies presented for enhancing or expanding domestic airspace capacity included: (1) developing and implementing new aviation technology to promote more efficient air traffic movement at and around airports; (2) implementing demand manageme...
FAA Appropriation Issues
T-RCED-89-34: Published: May 4, 1989. Publicly Released: May 4, 1989.
GAO discussed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) appropriation issues, focusing on: (1) air traffic control modernization; (2) National Airspace System (NAS) Plan implementation problems; and (3) work force issues. GAO found that: (1) 23 percent of the 89 NAS projects were complete, but 28 percent were still in the design or development phases; (2) the FAA facilities and equipment (F&E) request...
Privatization of Federal Aviation Administration Functions
T-RCED-88-11: Published: Dec 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1987.
GAO discussed a proposal to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) functions and responsibilities. GAO noted that, although FAA faces numerous problems and deficiencies in its operations, it has taken constructive measures to correct the problems. GAO believes that: (1) privatization of FAA functions would not solve the fundamental problems facing FAA; (2) any shifts in responsibili...
Aviation Safety: Is Re-regulation Needed To Improve Aviation Safety
T-RCED-88-3: Published: Oct 15, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1987.
GAO discussed the need for re-regulation to ensure aviation safety. GAO found that: (1) Congress did not change the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) role in aviation safety when it deregulated the airline industry; (2) slow economic growth, fuel price increases, and the air traffic controllers' strike obscured the full effect of deregulation; (3) FAA statistics show that, although near-mid-...
Hazardous Weather Detection and Warning Systems
T-RCED-87-38: Published: Jun 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1987.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) development of wind shear and hazardous weather detection and warning systems for major airports. GAO found that: (1) the existing aviation weather detection system is inadequate and slow in communicating weather information to pilots; (2) FAA is developing three new ground-based wind shear detection systems, but they all have detection lim...
National Airspace System Plan Delays
T-RCED-87-16: Published: Apr 8, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1987.
GAO discussed the status of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) implementation of its National Airspace System Plan, focusing on the causes and effects of delays in implementing the system. GAO noted that: (1) FAA erroneously assumed that much system technology would be readily available and committed to a concurrent development and acquisition strategy that did not include adequate system...
FAA's Role in Developing a Mid-Air Collision-Avoidance System
131086: Sep 25, 1986
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) role in developing a viable mid-air collision avoidance system. FAA recently announced that it would require the use of its Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) on all commercial aircraft, possibly by 1990. GAO noted that: (1) FAA chose an early version of TCAS for further development over other prototype systems because it c...
Three Safety Issues Relating to Aviation
128050: Oct 1, 1985
GAO discussed on: (1) current conditions within the air traffic control (ATC) work force; (2) variations in the type and frequency of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspections of air carriers; and (3) FAA progress in developing a terminal doppler weather radar system to detect low level wind shears. GAO noted that: (1) FAA controller staffing fell by 75 percent after the 1981 controllers'...
Installation of Automated Weather Observing Systems by FAA at Commercial Airports Is Not Justified
RCED-85-78: Published: Jul 29, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) installation of automated weather observing systems (AWOS) at commercial and general aviation airports, focusing on: (1) the performance of automated weather sensors in making weather observations in various FAA tests and demonstrations; and (2) the cost-effectiveness of installing automated systems at co...