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Aviation Security: Further Study of Safety and Effectiveness and Better Management Controls Needed If Air Carriers Resume Interest in Deploying Less-than-Lethal Weapons
GAO-06-475: Published: May 26, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2006.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has authority to approve air carrier requests to deploy less-than-lethal weapons, including electric stun devices, onboard commercial aircraft to thwart an attack. Since the terrorist attacks of 2001, one air carrier received approval to deploy electric stun devices. To address concerns regarding reports of injuries after the use of these devices an...
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...
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...
Information Concerning the Arming of Commercial Pilots
GAO-02-822R: Published: Jun 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2002.
Although pilots and other crew members are currently prohibited from carrying weapons on-board aircraft, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act raises the possibility of arming pilots in the future. In responses to a congressional request, GAO provided information on reasons for and against allowing pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit; questions to be addressed if pilots were armed; and...
Aviation Security: Weaknesses in Airport Security and Options for Assigning Screening Responsibilities
GAO-01-1165T: Published: Sep 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2001.
A safe and secure civil aviation system is a critical component of the nation's overall security, physical infrastructure, and economic foundation. Billions of dollars and a myriad of programs and policies have been devoted to achieving such a system. Although it is not fully known at this time what actually occurred or what all the weaknesses in the nation's aviation security apparatus are that c...
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...
Aviation Security: Additional Controls Needed to Address Weaknesses in Carriage of Weapons Regulations
RCED-00-181: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2000.
GAO provided information on aviation security, focusing on: (1) the frequency with which law enforcement officers carry weapons on board commercial aircraft; and (2) if weapons carriage regulations, both current and proposed, are sufficient to ensure the safety of passengers and the security of the aircraft.GAO noted that: (1) the number of law enforcement officers who fly while armed is unknown b...
Transportation Safety: Information Concerning Why a 1980 Aircraft Report Was Not Provided Earlier to the National Transportation Safety Board
OSI-00-2R: Published: Nov 3, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the reasons why a Boeing report entitled Center Wing Fuel Tank Heating Study (also referred to as the Panama Study) dated March 14, 1980, was not provided to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to aid in its investigation of the 1996 Trans World Airlines (TWA) flight 800 crash until June 1999.GAO noted that: (1) Air Force...
Air Traffic Control: Information Concerning Equipment Outages at Two Kansas City Area Facilities
RCED-98-256R: Published: Aug 14, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the reliability of the equipment at two Kansas City area air traffic control (ATC) facilities and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) ability to safely direct air traffic in this area, focusing on: (1) the impact the equipment's outages had on the safety of the ATC system and on airline operations; (2) identifying procedures to help ensure...
Military Aircraft Safety: Serious Accidents Remain at Historically Low Levels
NSIAD-98-95BR: Published: Mar 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on military aircraft safety, focusing on the: (1) number and rate of serious accidents, including related fatalities, destroyed aircraft, and the value of lost aircraft over the last 2 fiscal years; and (2) views of the Department of Defense (DOD) safety officials on whether operating tempo or availability of spare parts have been contr...