Air transportation (11 - 20 of 362 items)
Defense Transportation: DOD Needs to Take Actions to Improve the Transportation of Hazardous Material Shipments
GAO-14-375: Published: May 1, 2014. Publicly Released: May 1, 2014.
The handling, labeling, and packaging of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) shipments are governed by a complex framework of statutes and regulations prescribed by multiple civilian and military entities (see figure below). The Hazardous Materials Transportation Act is the primary statutory regime governing the transport of HAZMAT in the United States. To implement the act, the Department of Transportat...
Aviation Workforce: Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots
GAO-14-232: Published: Feb 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2014.
GAO found mixed evidence regarding the extent of a shortage of airline pilots, although regional airlines have reported difficulties finding sufficient numbers of qualified pilots over the past year. Specifically, looking at broad economic indicators, airline pilots have experienced a low unemployment rate—the most direct measure of a labor shortage; however, both employment and earnings have de...
FAA Reauthorization Act: Progress and Challenges Implementing Various Provisions of the 2012 Act
GAO-14-285T: Published: Feb 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 2014.
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (the 2012 Act) contained several provisions related to implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)—a complex, long-term initiative to incrementally modernize and transform the national airspace system (NAS). GAO's recent work on NextGen has highlighted three key implementation issues:Improving NextGen Leadership: Complex tran...
Fiscal Year 2013 Agreed-Upon Procedures: Excise Tax Distributions to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and the Highway Trust Fund
GAO-14-162R: Published: Dec 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2013.
GAO performed the procedures contained in the enclosures to this report, which it agreed to perform solely to assist the Department of Transportation's Inspector General in ascertaining whether the net excise tax revenue distributed to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) and the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, is supported by the underlying records. GAO...
Aviation Safety: Status of Recommendations to Improve FAA's Certification and Approval Processes
GAO-14-142T: Published: Oct 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2013.
In 2010, GAO reported that industry stakeholders and experts believed that the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) certification and approval processes contribute positively to the safety of the national airspace system. However, stakeholders and experts also noted that negative certification and approval experiences--such as duplication of approvals--although infrequent, can result in delays...
National Airspace System: Improved Budgeting Could Help FAA Better Determine Future Operations and Maintenance Priorities
GAO-13-693: Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2013.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made some progress in addressing key challenges as it begins the gradual transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). It has filled key leadership positions and developed tools to manage interdependent NextGen programs. FAA is working to address other identified challenges, including incentivizing aircraft operators to equip w...
Intermodal Transportation: A Variety of Factors Influence Airport-Intercity Passenger Rail Connectivity
GAO-13-691: Published: Aug 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2013.
Most major U.S. airports have some degree of physical proximity to intercity passenger rail stations, though only 2 airports are currently collocated with intercity rail stations. Specifically, 42 of the nation's 60 large and medium hub airports are located within 10 miles of Amtrak stations; 21 of the 42 airports are within 5 miles of Amtrak stations. At the 2 collocated airports, passengers can...
Intermodal Transportation: Results of GAO's Survey on Air-Rail Connectivity (GAO-13-692SP, August 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-13-691
GAO-13-692SP: Published: Aug 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2013.
This e-supplement presents the results of GAO's web-based survey on air and intercity passenger rail (air-rail) connectivity. The survey asks selected experts for their views on questions about (1) benefits of air-rail connectivity, (2) strategies that could improve air-rail connectivity, (3) factors that facilitate and hinder the development and use of air-rail connectivity, and (4) differences b...
Airline Mergers: Issues Raised by the Proposed Merger of American Airlines and US Airways
GAO-13-403T: Published: Jun 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2013.
The Department of Justice's (DOJ) antitrust review will be a critical step in the proposed merger between American Airlines (American) and US Airways. DOJ uses an integrated analytical framework set forth in the Horizontal Merger Guidelines to determine whether the merger poses any antitrust concerns. Under that process, DOJ assesses, among other things, the extent of likely anticompetitive effect...
NextGen Air Transportation System: FAA Has Made Some Progress in Midterm Implementation, but Ongoing Challenges Limit Expected Benefits
GAO-13-264: Published: Apr 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2013.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is pursuing key operational improvements to implement the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) in the "midterm," which is 2013 through 2018. These improvements focus on establishing Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures at key airports, but benefits could be limited in the midterm. PBN uses satellite-based guidance to improve air-tra...