Regulatory agencies (51 - 60 of 76 items)
FAA Technical Center: Mission and Role in National Airspace System Plan Implementation
IMTEC-88-6BR: Published: Jan 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Technical Center's roles and responsibilities in the development and implementation of the National Airspace System (NAS) Plan.GAO found that the Technical Center: (1) provides the test facilities, skills, and services necessary to support the development, testing, and evaluation of NAS...
Air Traffic Control: FAA Should Avoid Duplication in Procuring a Traffic Management System
IMTEC-88-8: Published: Dec 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to acquire a new automated system designed to improve air traffic flow and traffic management.GAO found that FAA believes that its present Traffic Management System cannot meet requirements because the: (1) obsolete software cannot keep pace with increasing demand; and (2) existing system does...
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...
FAA Air Traffic Controller Staffing and Related Issues
T-RCED-87-42: Published: Jul 29, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1987.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to rebuild its air traffic controller and maintenance technician work forces. GAO found that: (1) FAA has fewer air traffic controllers handling considerably more traffic than it did before the strike; (2) FAA has met the congressionally mandated controller work-force level of 15,000; (3) although the FAA fiscal year 1988 appropriat...
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...
Air Traffic System: Pilot Program To Contract Out Maintenance at Selected Facilities
RCED-87-104BR: Published: Apr 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) proposed test program to contract for maintenance at selected air traffic control facilities to: (1) provide information on test design and status; (2) evaluate the test's potential for air traffic safety and efficiency; (3) determine if the program would adequately test contractor performance; and (4)...
Aviation Safety in Airspace Controlled by Two Major FAA Facilities in the Chicago Area
T-RCED-87-2: Published: Feb 27, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1987.
GAO discussed the safety of air travel in airspace that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) controls through its Chicago O'Hare International Airport control tower and terminal radar control facility and its Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center. GAO found that: (1) although most personnel rated the overall safety of the air traffic control (ATC) system as adequate to excellent, personnel...
T-RCED-87-1: Published: Jan 29, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1987.
GAO discussed U.S. aviation safety and noted that: (1) the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airlines have done a good job of fulfilling their safety roles; (2) FAA uses near mid-air collisions and operational errors to measure the safety of the air traffic control system, but has no method for measuring the safety of airline operation and maintenance; and (3) FAA could use the frequen...
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...
Use of Satellite Technology for Air Traffic Control and Navigation
131079: Sep 24, 1986
GAO discussed the potential use of satellite technology for air traffic control and navigation. When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) developed the National Airspace System plan to modernize the nation's airspace system with ground-based systems, it did not consider satellites cost-effective or possibly operational by the time the upgraded ground-based systems were to be placed. However,...