Aviation (21 - 30 of 136 items)
Next Generation Air Transportation: Collaborative Efforts with European Union Generally Mirror Effective Practices, but Near-Term Challenges Could Delay Implementation
GAO-12-48: Published: Nov 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 2011.
FAA and the EU are working collaboratively toward ensuring interoperability as they modernize their air traffic control systems (NextGen and SESAR) and are generally using effective collaborative practices, but mitigating stakeholder skepticism about realizing NextGen/SESAR benefits will be a challenge.FAA-EU collaborative efforts predate NextGen and SESAR and helped establish some of these system...
Initial Pilot Training: Better Management Controls Are Needed to Improve FAA Oversight
GAO-12-117: Published: Nov 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.
Regional airlines have experienced the last six fatal commercial airline accidents, and pilot performance has been cited as a potential contributory factor in four of these accidents. As a result, Congress and others have raised questions about, among other issues, the initial pilot education and training required before pilots can be hired by airlines, at which time they receive further training...
Next Generation Air Transportation System: Linking Test Facilities Can Help Leverage Resources and Improve Technology Transfer Efforts
GAO-12-187T: Published: Nov 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2011.
This testimony discusses the use of test facilities as a means of leveraging public, private, and academic resources to deliver technologies for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). NextGen will affect nearly every aspect of air transportation and will transform the way in which the air transportation system operates today. It is a complex undertaking that requires new technolo...
Aviation Safety: Enhanced Oversight and Improved Availability of Risk- Based Data Could Further Improve Safety
GAO-12-24: Published: Oct 5, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2011.
Takeoffs, landings, and movement around the surface areas of airports (the terminal area) are critical to the safe and efficient movement of air traffic. The nation's aviation system is arguably the safest in the world, but close calls involving aircraft or other vehicles at or near airports are common, occurring almost daily. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides oversight of the ter...
Airline Passenger Protections: More Data and Analysis Needed to Understand Effects of Flight Delays
GAO-11-733: Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2011.
Flight delays and cancellations are disruptive and costly for passengers, airlines, and the economy. Long tarmac delays have created hardships for some passengers. To enhance passenger protections in the event of flight disruptions, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently introduced passenger protection regulations, including a rule that took effect in April 2010 designed to prevent t...
Airport and Airway Trust Fund: Declining Balance Raises Concerns over Ability to Meet Future Demands
GAO-11-358T: Published: Feb 3, 2011. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2011.
This testimony discusses the status of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (Trust Fund). Established in 1970, the Trust Fund helps finance the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) investments in the airport and airway system, such as construction and safety improvements at airports and technological upgrades to the air traffic control system, as well as FAA operations, such as providing air traff...
Integration of Current Implementation Efforts with Long-term Planning for the Next Generation Air Transportation System
GAO-11-132R: Published: Nov 22, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2010.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the lead implementer and planner for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)--an ambitious, multiyear, multibillion-dollar overhaul of systems, procedures, aircraft performance capabilities, and supporting infrastructure that will create an air transportation system that uses satellite-based surveillance and navigation and network-centri...
Aviation Safety: Preliminary Information on Aircraft Icing and Winter Operations
GAO-10-441T: Published: Feb 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2010.
Ice formation on aircraft can disrupt the smooth flow of air over the wings and prevent the aircraft from taking off or decrease the pilot's ability to maintain control of the aircraft. Taxi and landing operations can also be risky in winter weather. Despite a variety of technologies designed to prevent ice from forming on planes, as well as persistent efforts by the Federal Aviation Administratio...
Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Fiscal Year 2009 Airport and Airway Trust Fund Excise Taxes
GAO-10-92R: Published: Nov 5, 2009. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 2009.
We have performed the procedures described in this letter, which we agreed to perform and with which the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation concurred, solely to assist the Inspector General's office in ascertaining whether the net excise tax revenue distributed to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2009, is supported by the underlyin...
Aviation Safety: Information on the Safety Effects of Modifying the Age Standard for Commercial Pilots
GAO-10-107R: Published: Oct 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2009.
The Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act (the act) extended the federal age standard for pilots of large commercial aircraft from 60 to 65 years of age. The act also requires us to report--no later than 24 months after its enactment--on the effect, if any, of this change on aviation safety. This report responds to that requirement.Our review of FAA's accident and incident data and NTSB's acci...