Air transportation (41 - 50 of 85 items)
NASA Travel: Passenger Aircraft Services Annually Cost Taxpayers Millions More Than Commercial Airlines
GAO-05-818: Published: Aug 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2005.
Since its creation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has operated passenger aircraft services. These operations have been questioned in several prior audit reports. GAO was asked to perform a series of audits of NASA's controls to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer dollars. In this audit, GAO assessed (1) the relative cost of NASA passenger aircraft services in com...
Reducing Congestion: Congestion Pricing Has Promise for Improving Use of Transportation Infrastructure
GAO-03-735T: Published: May 6, 2003. Publicly Released: May 6, 2003.
The nation's transportation systems have become increasingly congested, and pressure on them is expected to grow substantially in the future. Most transportation experts think a multifaceted approach is needed to address congestion and improve mobility. One potential tool is congestion pricing, that is, charging users a toll, fee, or surcharge for using transportation infrastructure during certain...
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...
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...
Air Traffic Control: Information Concerning Equipment Outages at Two Kansas City Area Facilities
RCED-98-256R: Published: Aug 14, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the reliability of the equipment at two Kansas City area air traffic control (ATC) facilities and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) ability to safely direct air traffic in this area, focusing on: (1) the impact the equipment's outages had on the safety of the ATC system and on airline operations; (2) identifying procedures to help ensure...
National Airspace System: Status of Wide Area Augmentation System Project
RCED-98-79: Published: Apr 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the status of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) project, focusing on: (1) whether the Secretary of Transportation's report provides a complete assessment of FAA's risks in developing the WAAS project; and (2) how alternative assumptions would affect WAAS' benefit-cost analysis of January 1998.GAO not...
Military Aircraft Safety: Serious Accidents Remain at Historically Low Levels
NSIAD-98-95BR: Published: Mar 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on military aircraft safety, focusing on the: (1) number and rate of serious accidents, including related fatalities, destroyed aircraft, and the value of lost aircraft over the last 2 fiscal years; and (2) views of the Department of Defense (DOD) safety officials on whether operating tempo or availability of spare parts have been contr...
National Airspace System: Issues in Allocating Costs for Air Traffic Services to DOD and Other Users
RCED-97-106: Published: Apr 25, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the issues that must be resolved in allocating costs for air traffic services to the Department of Defense (DOD) and other users, focusing on: (1) funding options for DOD's share of costs if DOD is found to owe a payment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); and (2) the potential for better management of special-use airspace.GAO noted tha...
Military Aircraft Used for Operational Support Airlift
NSIAD-96-181R: Published: Jun 12, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on military aircraft used for operational support airlift (OSA) missions and the Department of Defense's (DOD) response to prior GAO recommendations on the use of such aircraft. GAO noted that: (1) DOD has revised its policies to ensure that senior executive branch officials' use of certain Air Force aircraft is appropriate and consiste...