Transportation safety (71 - 77 of 77 items)
Safety Standards on Small Passenger Aircraft--With Nine or Fewer Seats--Are Significantly Less Stringent Than on Larger Aircraft
RCED-84-2: Published: Jan 4, 1984. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1984.
GAO reported on how current federal airworthiness standards and operating rules influence the safety of small aircraft.The Airline Deregulation Act provides that, to the maximum extent feasible, air carrier passengers are to receive the same level of safety regardless of the size of the air carrier. However, GAO found that passengers flying on small aircraft are not provided with the same level of...
Small Air Carrier Aircraft Safety
122442: Sep 27, 1983
GAO discussed small air carrier aircraft safety, stressing that flying with American commercial air carriers is one of the safest means of transportation. However, GAO noted that there is a large difference in the accident rates among the three classes of air carriers. During a 6-year period, the accident rate per 100,000 hours flown by commuter carriers was over seven times that of large schedule...
Computer Outages at Air Terminal Facilities and Their Correlation to Near Mid-Air Collisions
AFMD-82-43: Published: Feb 16, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1982.
GAO surveyed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Automated Radar Terminal System (ARTS) to determine the extent of computer outages at terminal facilities and whether any correlation existed between near mid-air collisions and computer outages.GAO found that the computers at the nine terminals surveyed were unexpectedly out of service a total of 202 times during the GAO test periods. The d...
The Department of the Interior's Office of Aircraft Services Should Not Be Abolished
PLRD-82-5: Published: Oct 7, 1981. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1981.
The Department of the Interior's Office of Aircraft Services (OAS) was established to manage aircraft services to meet the agency's needs. In March 1981, Interior ordered that OAS be abolished on September 30, 1981. GAO evaluated OAS activities, the reasons for the abolishment order, and the possible effects of the OAS elimination on the efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of Interior's aircraf...
Need To Maximize RPV Use Where Suited To Save Lives and Dollars
115901: Jul 22, 1981
A GAO survey showed that the state-of-the-art was not a major barrier to using remotely piloted vehicles (RPV's) as an alternative to manned aircraft in many situations. Recovery technology was found to be the most significant technical barrier. Non-technical matters, such as airspace safety and Government regulations on RPV operations, were also viewed as moderately severe barriers. The technical...
Aviation Safety Hazards
112521: Jun 3, 1980
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) attaches great importance to its safety-related programs. However, it has not been effective or timely in developing systems to identify safety hazards because it has not (1) recognized their importance, (2) emphasized information gathering and analysis, nor (3) undertaken long-term planning for comprehensive identification systems. Organizational problems...
Commercial Safety Regulations Are Avoided by Some Large Aircraft Operators
CED-79-10: Published: Nov 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 1978.
A review of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) enforcement of commercial aviation safety regulations revealed several problems involving some large aircraft operators.Large aircraft operators who avoid compliance with commercial safety regulations not only have an unfair competitive advantage over commercial operators who comply with the costly commercial safety regulations but, in some c...