Safety standards (41 - 50 of 58 items)
Proactive Management of FAA's Security Program Needed
T-RCED-90-20: Published: Dec 18, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1989.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) policies and procedures for preventing criminal acts against aviation. GAO noted that reviews of FAA domestic and international security programs identified major deficiencies in: (1) passenger screening, with airlines widely varying in screening effectiveness and lacking clearly defined performance expectations; (2) airport security contro...
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 Security: Corrective Actions Underway, but Better Inspection Guidance Still Needed
RCED-88-160: Published: Aug 23, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Civil Aviation Security Program to determine the effectiveness of FAA inspection efforts to identify and rectify domestic security deficiencies.GAO reviewed inspection programs at six large airports and found that: (1) FAA lacked adequate controls over personnel identification systems and air operatio...
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: 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...
Security at Nation's Highest Risk Airports
T-RCED-88-14: Published: Dec 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Civil Aviation Security Program to determine the effectiveness of its passenger screening process at airports with the highest security risk. GAO found that: (1) since the security measures at most airports are interrelated, if one measure fails, another measure is in place to support the failed measu...
FAA's Implementation of a Performance Standard for Passenger Screening Process
T-RCED-88-4: Published: Oct 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1987.
GAO discussed the preboarding passenger screening process the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established under its Civil Aviation Security Program to prevent passengers from carrying firearms, explosives, and other dangerous weapons on board airplanes. GAO noted that: (1) FAA developed an enforcement policy which allows it to assess civil penalties when air carrier screening systems fail to...
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-...
Aviation Security: FAA Needs Preboard Passenger Screening Performance Standards
RCED-87-182: Published: Jul 24, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1987.
GAO provided information on its work to date on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) testing of preboard passenger screening.GAO found that, although the preboard screening process has provided a deterrent to crimes against civil aviation, there were wide variations, from a high of 99 percent to a low of 34 percent, in the frequency with which FAA detected weapons...