Aircraft maintenance (11 - 20 of 51 items)
U.S. Combat Air Power: Aging Refueling Aircraft Are Costly to Maintain and Operate
NSIAD-96-160: Published: Aug 8, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1996.
GAO examined the military services' air refueling needs, focusing on the: (1) cost to operate and maintain the air refueling fleet; and (2) impact of air refueling missions on the active and reserve forces.GAO found that: (1) the long-term serviceability of the KC-135 tanker is questionable; (2) the cost per KC-135 flying hour is projected to increase from $8,662 in 1996 to $10,761 in 2001; (3) as...
Aviation Safety: Targeting and Training of FAA's Safety Inspector Workforce
T-RCED-96-26: Published: Apr 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1996.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) safety inspection program. GAO noted that: (1) in 1991, FAA created its Safety Performance Analysis System (SPAS) to focus its inspection resources on the pilots, aircraft, and facilities that pose the greatest risk; (2) poor data quality jeopardizes the success of SPAS; (3) FAA officials have not fully responded to prior recommendations of...
Strategic Airlift: Improvements in C-5 Mission Capability Can Help Meet Airlift Requirements
NSIAD-96-43: Published: Nov 20, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the reliability and mission capability of C-5 aircraft and the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan for modifying C-5 aircraft.GAO found that: (1) DOD is relying on C-5 aircraft to deliver about half of the wartime cargo carried by military aircraft, but C-5 mission-capable rates have fallen short of the Air Force's goal and those of other aircraft,...
Aviation Safety: Unresolved Issues Involving U.S.-Registered Aircraft
RCED-93-135: Published: Jun 18, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) monitoring of U.S.-registered aircraft, focusing on whether: (1) FAA inspects U.S.-registered aircraft operated overseas by foreign air carriers, as an international agreement requires; (2) there is a FAA system to verify that 60 percent of the U.S.-registered aircraft's flight hours are conducted in the...
FAA Work Forces: Important Decisions Affecting Staff Use and Management
T-RCED-93-59: Published: Jun 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1993.
GAO discussed the status of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) major work forces. GAO noted that: (1) FAA spent much of the 1980s ensuring that it had sufficient air traffic controllers and safety and security inspectors to fulfill its responsibilities; (2) the primary FAA challenge is to redistribute its work force and fulfill prior commitments; (3) FAA is reassessing its controller and...
Aviation Safety: Slow Progress in Making Aircraft Cabin Interiors Fireproof
RCED-93-37: Published: Jan 6, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) transport airplane interior cabin flammability standards, focusing on the: (1) number of U.S. aircraft that meet or are expected to meet FAA flammability standards by 1999; (2) estimated cost for all aircraft to meet the standards; and (3) safety benefits of meeting the standards.GAO found...
Military Airlift: Structural Problems Did Not Hamper C-141 Success in Desert Shield/Storm
NSIAD-93-75: Published: Dec 29, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Air Force's C-141 aircraft, focusing on the aircraft's: (1) performance during Operation Desert Storm/Shield; (2) structural problems; and (3) planned service life extension programs.GAO found that: (1) C-141 aircraft were used in more than half of the Air Force's 15,500 missions and carried greater than a quarter of the cargo du...
Intelligence Programs: New RC-135 Aircraft Engines Can Reduce Cost and Improve Performance
NSIAD-92-305: Published: Aug 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Defense's replacement of engines on its RC-135 aircraft, focusing on: (1) the estimated cost; (2) the projected savings in future operations and maintenance; and (3) the operational benefits.GAO found that: (1) as of May 1992, the Air Force estimated that the cost for replacing the RC-135 aircraft's engines would be...
Aviation Safety: Additional Actions Needed for Three Safety Programs
T-RCED-92-90: Published: Aug 4, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1992.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) progress in three programs to improve aviation safety. GAO noted that: (1) FAA has not established a planned database to monitor older aircraft safety compliance, but intends to issue a report to Congress in September 1992; (2) the report will not help FAA track modifications and repairs performed on older aircraft or capture information on...
Government Civil Aircraft: Longstanding Management Problems
T-GGD-92-44: Published: May 21, 1992. Publicly Released: May 21, 1992.
GAO discussed its reviews of acquisition, management, and uses of government civilian aircraft. GAO noted that: (1) civilian agencies own at least 1,300 aircraft worth $2 billion; (2) agencies use most aircraft to satisfy special mission requirements such as firefighting and law enforcement, but 100 are configured and used for routine passenger transportation; (3) over the past 15 years, it has do...