Aircraft (101 - 110 of 339 items)
Aviation Safety: FAA Needs to Update Curriculum and Certification Requirements for Aviation Mechanics
GAO-03-317: Published: Mar 6, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2003.
The safety of millions of airline passengers depends in part on aviation mechanics--known as A&P mechanics--that are certified to inspect, service, and repair the aircraft's body (airframe) and/or engine (powerplant). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) establishes the requirements to become certified as an A&P mechanic. Concerns have been raised in the aviation industry about having a suffi...
Options to Enhance the Long-term Viability of the Essential Air Service Program
GAO-02-997R: Published: Aug 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2002.
Over two decades ago, Congress deregulated the airline industry, phasing out the federal government's control over domestic fares and routes served and allowing market forces to determine the price, quantity, and quality of service. Concerned that air service to some small communities would suffer in a deregulated environment, Congress established the Essential Air Service (EAS) program as part of...
Information Concerning the Arming of Commercial Pilots
GAO-02-822R: Published: Jun 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2002.
Although pilots and other crew members are currently prohibited from carrying weapons on-board aircraft, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act raises the possibility of arming pilots in the future. In responses to a congressional request, GAO provided information on reasons for and against allowing pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit; questions to be addressed if pilots were armed; and...
Airport Infrastructure: Unresolved Issues Make It Difficult to Determine the Cost to Serve New Large Aircraft
GAO-02-251: Published: Feb 4, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2002.
Airbus Industrie plans to introduce the New Large Aircraft (NLA) to U.S. airports in 2006. The Boeing 747 (B-747)is currently the largest commercial aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets standards that govern how an airport must be configured to safely serve aircraft with certain wingspans and weight. A B-747 operates under Design Group V standards, while FAA has determined that...
Military Aircraft: Services Need Strategies to Reduce Cannibalizations
GAO-02-86: Published: Nov 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2001.
All military services routinely use cannibalization to maintain aircraft. The adverse effects of cannibalizations include (1) higher maintenance costs due to increased mechanics' workloads, (2) morale and personnel retention problems, and (3) taking expensive aircraft out of service for long periods of time. The services have many reasons for cannibalizing aircraft and strong incentives for contin...
Aviation Security: Weaknesses in Airport Security and Options for Assigning Screening Responsibilities
GAO-01-1165T: Published: Sep 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2001.
A safe and secure civil aviation system is a critical component of the nation's overall security, physical infrastructure, and economic foundation. Billions of dollars and a myriad of programs and policies have been devoted to achieving such a system. Although it is not fully known at this time what actually occurred or what all the weaknesses in the nation's aviation security apparatus are that c...
Air Traffic Control: Role of FAA's Modernization Program in Reducing Delays and Congestion
GAO-01-725T: Published: May 10, 2001. Publicly Released: May 10, 2001.
This testimony discusses the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to modernize the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system and its relationship to other initiatives to address the escalating crises of insufficient capacity facing the aviation industry. Specifically, GAO reviews the (1) extent of the delay and congestion problems and the contribution of the ATC system to them, (2) prog...
Aviation Competition: Regional Jet Service Yet to Reach Many Small Communities
GAO-01-344: Published: Feb 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2001.
The increasing numbers of regional jets (RJ) in operation have provided U.S. air carriers with opportunities to serve new and existing markets. With predominantly 50-seat aircraft, the carriers have initiated service to many large and medium-large communities but have provided less service to smaller communities. Service to small communities--to which the airlines now mostly operate turboprop air...
Aviation Security: Additional Controls Needed to Address Weaknesses in Carriage of Weapons Regulations
RCED-00-181: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2000.
GAO provided information on aviation security, focusing on: (1) the frequency with which law enforcement officers carry weapons on board commercial aircraft; and (2) if weapons carriage regulations, both current and proposed, are sufficient to ensure the safety of passengers and the security of the aircraft.GAO noted that: (1) the number of law enforcement officers who fly while armed is unknown b...
Reagan National Airport: Limited Opportunities to Improve Airlines' Compliance with Noise Abatement Procedures
RCED-00-74: Published: Jun 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) described the specific noise abatement procedures at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport; (2) determined whether the airlines comply with these procedures; and (3) assessed whether local citizen groups believe that existing noise abatement procedures and penalties are effective.GAO noted that: (1) local airport procedures and federal laws contain...