Aircraft (21 - 30 of 339 items)
Defense Transportation: DOD Can Better Ensure That Federal Agencies Fully Reimburse for Using Military Aircraft
GAO-14-189: Published: Feb 27, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2014.
The Air Force's 89th Airlift Wing flew 2,513 special air missions for senior federal government officials during fiscal years 2008 through 2012, with the number of missions increasing by 13 percent from 463 missions in fiscal year 2008 to 522 missions in fiscal year 2012. The cost of special air missions ranged from about $17 million in fiscal year 2008 to about $26 million in fiscal year 2012, an...
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...
FAA Oversight of Procedures and Technologies to Prevent and Mitigate the Effects of Dense, Continuous Smoke in the Cockpit
GAO-13-551R: Published: Jun 4, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2013.
FAA uses a variety of approaches, including certifying airplane design and inspecting air carriers, to oversee procedures and technologies that prevent or mitigate the effects of dense, continuous smoke in the cockpit. In the course of our review, we identified five such procedures and technologies that FAA oversees. They are:(1) Evacuation of dense smoke from the cockpitFAAs certifica...
Aviation Safety: FAA Efforts Have Improved Safety, but Challenges Remain in Key Areas
GAO-13-442T: Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2013.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for approving the design and airworthiness of new aircraft and equipment before they are introduced into service. FAA approves changes to aircraft and equipment based on evaluation of industry submissions against standards set forth in federal aviation regulations and related guidance documents. In September 2011, we reported that, overall,...
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...
Department of Transportation: Key Issues and Management Challenges, 2013
GAO-13-402T: Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.
Leveraging surface transportation investments to further national interests: The Department of Transportation (DOT) faces several challenges leveraging investment in surface transportation networks to meet national goals and priorities. For example, DOT has to transition to a goal-oriented, performance-based approach for highway and transit programs, as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in...
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Measuring Progress and Addressing Potential Privacy Concerns Would Facilitate Integration into the National Airspace System [Reissued on September 18, 2012]
GAO-12-981: Published: Sep 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2012.
Progress has been made, but additional work is needed to overcome many of the obstacles to the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that GAO identified in 2008. GAO reported in 2008 that UAS could not meet the aviation safety requirements developed for manned aircraft and that this posed several obstacles to safe and routine operation in the national airspace system. These obstacles...
Slot-Controlled Airports: FAA's Rules Could Be Improved to Enhance Competition and Use of Available Capacity
GAO-12-902: Published: Sep 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2012.
Why GAO Did This StudyThe 16 new beyond-perimeter flights that were authorized in 2012 for Reagan National Airport are likely to have a limited effect on the airports in the Washington, D.C., area. Reagan National has sufficient runway capacity to accommodate the new beyond-perimeter flights and, with some improvements to baggage handling and security screening facilities, will have sufficient ter...
Aviation Safety: Additional FAA Efforts Could Enhance Safety Risk Management
GAO-12-898: Published: Sep 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2012.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its business lines and offices are in different stages of their implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS). FAA finalized its agency-wide implementation plan in April 2012, and the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) has completed its SMS implementation, but other FAA SMS efforts are in the early stages. FAA business lines, such as the Aviation Safet...
Next Generation Air Transportation System: FAA Faces Implementation Challenges
GAO-12-1011T: Published: Sep 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2012.
Delivering and demonstrating the Next Generation Air Transportation System's (NextGen) benefits: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must deliver capabilities that provide aircraft operators with a return on their investments in NextGen avionics to convince operators to continue making equipment investments. However, operators have expressed concerns that FAA has not produced the navigationa...