Safety regulation (41 - 50 of 54 items)
Aviation Safety: Management Improvement Needed in FAA's Airworthiness Directive Program
RCED-90-94: Published: Feb 16, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of its Airworthiness Directive Program, focusing on: (1) whether FAA oversight is sufficient to determine airlines' compliance with directives; and (2) how FAA safety information could be used to make the program more effective.GAO found that: (1) the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB...
Aviation Safety: Information on FAA's Age 60 Rule for Pilots
RCED-90-45FS: Published: Nov 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) regulation prohibiting individuals 60 years or older from piloting large commercial aircraft.GAO found that: (1) FAA has not changed the rule since its adoption in 1959; (2) since 1959, 418 pilots have submitted 67 petitions requesting exemptions, of which FAA has granted none; (3) from 1960 through 1988,...
Aviation Training: FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors Are Not Receiving Needed Training
RCED-89-168: Published: Sep 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) training of its aviation safety inspectors, focusing on whether: (1) operations inspectors received the recurrent flight training required to make pilot flight checks; (2) opportunities existed to more efficiently utilize the inspectors; and (3) airworthiness inspectors received the training they needed t...
Meeting the Aging Aircraft Challenge: Status and Opportunities
T-RCED-90-2: Published: Oct 10, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 1989.
GAO discussed issues involving aging aircraft, focusing on: (1) the status of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation industry actions to respond to the problem of aging aircraft; and (2) FAA opportunities to actively deal with emerging aircraft maintenance problems. GAO found that FAA and the aviation industry have taken many actions in response to the recommendations of an internation...
Aviation Safety: Enhanced Requirements Can Improve Commuter Pilot Training
RCED-88-218: Published: Sep 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) commuter airline pilot training regulations, specifically: (1) changes in the commuter airline industry; (2) commuter and major airline pilot training regulatory requirements; and (3) commuter airline accident reports and statistics.GAO found that: (1) commuter airlines are flying more passengers, on more...
Aviation Safety: Measuring How Safely Individual Airlines Operate
RCED-88-61: Published: Mar 18, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the feasibility of publishing indicators comparing airline safety records, focusing on the: (1) areas of operation important to airline safety; (2) availability and quality of data; and (3) ongoing research efforts to measure individual airline safety.GAO found that: (1) the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) inspection data...
A Judgmental Call: Measuring the Safety of the Airlines
135528: Jan 1, 1988
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 1, Spring 1988, discusses how aviation researchers are attempting to determine appropriate, effective standards for measuring and comparing airline safety. While experts generally agree that pilot competence, maintenance quality, financial stability, and management attitude are very important to safe operation, problems exist in attempts to defi...
Aviation Safety: Needed Improvements in FAA's Airline Inspection Program Are Underway
RCED-87-62: Published: May 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA): (1) ability to maintain airline safety standards in a deregulated environment; and (2) actions to correct weaknesses in its inspection program.GAO found that FAA: (1) did not develop a system for monitoring deregulation's impact; (2) decreased its inspection force by 250 between 1981 and 1983, althoug...
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...
S. 2417 and the Status of FAA's Controller and Inspector Work Forces
130596: Jul 17, 1986
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) methods of efficiently and effectively promoting, maintaining, and enhancing aviation safety in a competitive, deregulated airline industry. Although FAA had planned to increase its controller force, confusion over how many controllers FAA had, how many it needed, and how many it was hiring added to doubts that FAA was adequately carrying o...