Air traffic control systems (61 - 70 of 74 items)
Privatization of Federal Aviation Administration Functions
T-RCED-88-11: Published: Dec 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1987.
GAO discussed a proposal to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) functions and responsibilities. GAO noted that, although FAA faces numerous problems and deficiencies in its operations, it has taken constructive measures to correct the problems. GAO believes that: (1) privatization of FAA functions would not solve the fundamental problems facing FAA; (2) any shifts in responsibili...
Aviation Safety: Is Re-regulation Needed To Improve Aviation Safety
T-RCED-88-3: Published: Oct 15, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1987.
GAO discussed the need for re-regulation to ensure aviation safety. GAO found that: (1) Congress did not change the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) role in aviation safety when it deregulated the airline industry; (2) slow economic growth, fuel price increases, and the air traffic controllers' strike obscured the full effect of deregulation; (3) FAA statistics show that, although near-mid-...
FAA Air Traffic Controller Staffing and Related Issues
T-RCED-87-42: Published: Jul 29, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1987.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to rebuild its air traffic controller and maintenance technician work forces. GAO found that: (1) FAA has fewer air traffic controllers handling considerably more traffic than it did before the strike; (2) FAA has met the congressionally mandated controller work-force level of 15,000; (3) although the FAA fiscal year 1988 appropriat...
Hazardous Weather Detection and Warning Systems
T-RCED-87-38: Published: Jun 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1987.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) development of wind shear and hazardous weather detection and warning systems for major airports. GAO found that: (1) the existing aviation weather detection system is inadequate and slow in communicating weather information to pilots; (2) FAA is developing three new ground-based wind shear detection systems, but they all have detection lim...
FAA Appropriation Issues
T-RCED-87-20: Published: Apr 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1987.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) progress in: (1) procuring the technologies required for the National Airspace System (NAS); and (2) developing human resources, including adequate controller and inspector work forces. GAO found that: (1) since NAS has experienced schedule delays, it is difficult for FAA to maintain the necessary level of air traffic control; (2) FAA is fo...
Federal Aviation Administration's Acquisition of the Advanced Automation System
T-IMTEC-87-4: Published: Apr 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1987.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) plans to modernize its air traffic control system through the implementation of the Advanced Automation System (AAS). GAO found that: (1) FAA has not adequately justified its request for appropriations for AAS and its studies have not defined AAS requirements or reduced the risks of cost increases, schedule delays, and performance deficienc...
National Airspace System Plan Delays
T-RCED-87-16: Published: Apr 8, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1987.
GAO discussed the status of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) implementation of its National Airspace System Plan, focusing on the causes and effects of delays in implementing the system. GAO noted that: (1) FAA erroneously assumed that much system technology would be readily available and committed to a concurrent development and acquisition strategy that did not include adequate system...
T-RCED-87-1: Published: Jan 29, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1987.
GAO discussed U.S. aviation safety and noted that: (1) the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airlines have done a good job of fulfilling their safety roles; (2) FAA uses near mid-air collisions and operational errors to measure the safety of the air traffic control system, but has no method for measuring the safety of airline operation and maintenance; and (3) FAA could use the frequen...
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...
130473: Jul 21, 1986
GAO discussed the current condition of U.S. aviation safety. GAO found that FAA should: (1) revise its nationwide minimum standards for the type and frequency of airline inspections to help inspectors target airlines with possible safety deficiencies, such as large amounts of contract maintenance or training, inadequate internal management controls, and management experience that is incompatible w...