Transportation safety (61 - 70 of 77 items)
Aviation Safety: Conditions Within the Air Traffic Control Work Force
RCED-89-113FS: Published: Apr 24, 1989. Publicly Released: May 25, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided the results of its 1988 questionnaire of air traffic controllers, supervisors, and facility managers on air traffic issues facing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including work load, staffing, overtime, training, morale, and system safety. GAO compared the 1988 responses with those of its 1985 survey.GAO found that controllers generally...
Aviation Research: Information on FAA's Research, Engineering, and Development Program
RCED-89-122FS: Published: Apr 12, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO developed budget information on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Research, Engineering, and Development (RE&D) Program for fiscal years (FY) 1987 through 1989 at the subprogram level.GAO found that: (1) the program objective was to improve the nation's air transportation system by increasing safety, productivity, and capacity to meet future ai...
Aviation Safety: Commuter Airports Should Participate in the Airport Certification Program
RCED-88-41: Published: Nov 18, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) requirements for participation in its Airport Certification Program, particularly: (1) its requirements for commuter airlines with 30 or fewer passenger seats; (2) the program's safety benefits and cost-effectiveness; and (3) alternative requirements and their impact on commuter airports.GAO found tha...
Military Airlift: Management Controls Over Charter Airlift Need To Be Strengthened
NSIAD-87-67: Published: Mar 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Department of Defense's (DOD) policies and procedures for chartering commercial aircraft; (2) oversight procedures for monitoring carrier performance and compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety regulations; and (3) the investigation of the accident at Gander, Newfoundland, that resulted in the deaths of 248 U.S. milita...
Aviation Safety: Federal Regulation of Public Aircraft
RCED-87-19BR: Published: Dec 8, 1986. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information concerning the use, maintenance, and safety of public aircraft in Alaska, and the extent to which Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety regulations apply to these aircraft. Public aircraft are those that federal, state, or local governments use exclusively.GAO found that: (1) public aircraft throughout the United States are su...
FAA's Role in Developing a Mid-Air Collision-Avoidance System
131086: Sep 25, 1986
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) role in developing a viable mid-air collision avoidance system. FAA recently announced that it would require the use of its Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) on all commercial aircraft, possibly by 1990. GAO noted that: (1) FAA chose an early version of TCAS for further development over other prototype systems because it c...
Aviation Weather Hazards: FAA System for Disseminating Severe Weather Warnings to Pilots
RCED-86-152BR: Published: Apr 22, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) procedures for disseminating weather information to pilots.Air traffic controllers provide pilots with weather information from a variety of sources, including National Weather Service and FAA weather advisories, reports from pilots, and airport wind-shear alert and radar surveillance systems. GAO found t...
Aviation Safety: FAA's Surveillance of Two Contract Military Carriers
RCED-86-128FS: Published: Mar 13, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information concerning the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of two airlines involved in military charters.GAO found that: (1) there were a number of problem areas with the carriers' operations specifications, maintenance procedures and records, and safety inspections; (2) both carriers violated FAA regulations, including operating...
Three Safety Issues Relating to Aviation
128050: Oct 1, 1985
GAO discussed on: (1) current conditions within the air traffic control (ATC) work force; (2) variations in the type and frequency of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspections of air carriers; and (3) FAA progress in developing a terminal doppler weather radar system to detect low level wind shears. GAO noted that: (1) FAA controller staffing fell by 75 percent after the 1981 controllers'...
Compilation and Analysis of the Federal Aviation Administration's Inspection of a Sample of Commercial Air Carriers
RCED-85-157: Published: Aug 2, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) data concerning the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) inspection of 92 commercial air carriers; and (2) FAA responsibility to monitor and inspect air carrier operations and maintenance to ensure compliance with federal safety regulations.GAO developed data and analysis on the type, frequency, and results of FAA inspections for a sample o...