Transportation safety (31 - 40 of 77 items)
Aviation Safety: Installation of Smoke Detection and Fire Suppression Systems in U.S. Transport Aircraft
RCED-98-54R: Published: Dec 19, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the actions under way at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and within the airline industry to effect changes in fire safety standards for cargo or baggage compartments in certain passenger and cargo aircraft within the 3-year time frame proposed by FAA. GAO focused on the: (1) status of FAA's and the airline industry's efforts to equip airc...
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...
Military Aircraft Safety: Significant Improvements Since 1975
NSIAD-96-69BR: Published: Feb 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed military aircraft accidents involving fatalities or severe aircraft damage, also known as Class A flight mishaps, focusing on: (1) historical trends in Class A mishaps; (2) the causes of such mishaps and how the causes are investigated; and (3) actions taken to avoid Class A mishaps.GAO found that: (1) Department of Defense (DOD) aviation safety ha...
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...
Aviation Safety: FAA's Efforts to Improve Oversight of Foreign Carriers
T-RCED-95-33: Published: Oct 4, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 1994.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to improve its oversight of foreign civil aviation safety programs and individual carriers flying into the United States. GAO noted that: (1) although FAA has taken steps to improve its oversight of foreign civil aviation safety programs and carriers, more actions are needed; (2) FAA has assessed the oversight capabilities of 30 for...
Aircraft Certification: FAA Can Better Meet Challenges Posed by Advances in Aircraft Technologies
T-RCED-94-53: Published: Oct 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1993.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) aircraft certification program, focusing on: (1) long-standing problems affecting the certification program; (2) FAA ability to meet new technology challenges; and (3) FAA actions to strengthen the certification program. GAO noted that: (1) although the current aircraft certification process is viewed as safe, the extent of FAA participatio...
Aircraft Certification: New FAA Approach Needed to Meet Challenges of Advanced Technology
RCED-93-155: Published: Sep 16, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) process for certifying designs of transport aircraft to meet safety standards, focusing on whether FAA staff are: (1) effectively involved in the certification process; and (2) competent in assessing the latest technologies.GAO found that: (1) FAA ability to evaluate and certify new aircraft technologies...
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...