Aviation (61 - 70 of 121 items)
Aviation Safety: Information on FAA's Data on Operational Errors At Air Traffic Control Towers
GAO-03-1175R: Published: Sep 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2003.
A fundamental principle of aviation safety is the need to maintain adequate separation between aircraft and to ensure that aircraft maintain a safe distance from terrain, obstructions, and airspace that is not designated for routine air travel. Air traffic controllers employ separation rules and procedures that define safe separation in the air and on the ground.1 An operational error occurs when...
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...
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...
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...
Military Safety: Analysis of DOD's On-Duty Non-aviation Accident Fatalities
NSIAD-99-14: Published: Oct 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1998.
GAO provided an analysis of the Department of Defense's (DOD) military personnel fatalities during 1988 through 1996 as a result of on-duty, non-aviation accidents, focusing on: (1) the causes of non-aviation fatalities; (2) the types of activities involved in these fatal accidents; and (3) trends in DOD and service on-duty accidental fatalities.GAO noted that: (1) military vehicles were the leadi...
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...
Aviation Insurance: Issues Related to the Reauthorization of FAA's Aviation Insurance Program
T-RCED-97-115: Published: May 1, 1997. Publicly Released: May 1, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Aviation Insurance Program, focusing on changes made to the program since GAO last reported on it in 1994.GAO noted that: (1) in its 1994 report, GAO found that the program did not have sufficient funds available to pay potential insurance claims in the unlikely event of a catastro...
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...
Air Traffic Control: Issues Presented by Proposal to Create a Government Corporation
T-RCED-95-114: Published: Feb 23, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1995.
GAO discussed proposals to reform the air traffic control (ATC) system, focusing on the administration's proposal to create a privatized ATC system. GAO noted that: (1) under the proposal, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would continue to provide safety oversight, but a self-sufficient government corporation would operate the ATC system; (2) the corporation could be viable if the proposa...
NTSB Access-to-Aircraft Privileges
OSI-95-12R: Published: Dec 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether eligible Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) employees abuse their authority to use access-to-aircraft privileges aboard commercial aircraft. GAO noted that: (1) a number of NTSB employees abused their authority to use access-to-aircraft privileges between July 1992 and December 1993; (2) FA...