Air transportation (61 - 70 of 171 items)
Federal Aviation Administration: Reauthorization Provides Opportunities to Address Key Agency Challenges
GAO-03-653T: Published: Apr 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2003.
Much has changed since the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21) reauthorized the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) programs 3 years ago. At that time, air traffic was increasing, and concerns about congestion and flight delays were paramount. Since then, the downturn in the nation's economy, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and, most re...
Commercial Aviation: Issues Regarding Federal Assistance for Enhancing Air Service to Small Communities
GAO-03-540T: Published: Mar 11, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2003.
Small communities have long faced challenges in obtaining or retaining the commercial air service they desire. These challenges are increasing as many U.S. airlines try to stem unprecedented financial losses through numerous cost-cutting measures, including reducing or eliminating service in some markets, often small communities. Congress will be considering whether to reauthorize its federal assi...
National Airspace System: Reauthorizing FAA Provides Opportunities and Options to Address Challenges
GAO-03-473T: Published: Feb 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 2003.
Much has changed since the Congress enacted the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21) 3 years ago--the downturn in the nation's economy and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, have taken a heavy toll on aviation. Competition for federal funding has also grown. The reauthorization of AIR-21 provides an opportunity for the Congress and the Federal...
Commercial Aviation: Factors Affecting Efforts to Improve Air Service at Small Community Airports
GAO-03-330: Published: Jan 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2003.
The airline industry, facing unprecedented financial losses as a result of the economic downturn and the terrorist attacks, has taken steps to minimize losses, including reducing or eliminating service to some small communities. In March 2002, GAO reported that small communities had almost 20 percent fewer departures in October 2001, as compared to October 2000. GAO was asked to follow up on that...
Options to Enhance the Long-term Viability of the Essential Air Service Program
GAO-02-997R: Published: Aug 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2002.
Over two decades ago, Congress deregulated the airline industry, phasing out the federal government's control over domestic fares and routes served and allowing market forces to determine the price, quantity, and quality of service. Concerned that air service to some small communities would suffer in a deregulated environment, Congress established the Essential Air Service (EAS) program as part of...
National Airspace System: FAA's Approach to Its New Communications System Appears Prudent, but Challenges Remain
GAO-02-710: Published: Jul 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2002.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides air-ground voice and data communications for pilots and air traffic controllers to safely coordinate all flight operations, ground movement of aircraft at airports, and in-flight separation distances between aircraft. However, the anticipated growth in air traffic, coupled with FAA's efforts to reduce air traffic delays and introduce new air traff...
National Airspace System: Long-Term Capacity Planning Needed Despite Recent Reduction in Flight Delays
GAO-02-185: Published: Dec 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2001.
Initiatives to address flight delays include adding new runways to accommodate more aircraft and better coordinating efforts to adjust to spring and summer storms. Although most of these efforts were developed separately, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has incorporated many of them into an Operational Evolution Plan (OEP), which is designed to give more focus to these initiatives. FAA a...
Aviation Competition: Regional Jet Service Yet to Reach Many Small Communities
GAO-01-344: Published: Feb 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2001.
The increasing numbers of regional jets (RJ) in operation have provided U.S. air carriers with opportunities to serve new and existing markets. With predominantly 50-seat aircraft, the carriers have initiated service to many large and medium-large communities but have provided less service to smaller communities. Service to small communities--to which the airlines now mostly operate turboprop air...
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...
Aviation and the Environment: Results From a Survey of the Nation's 50 Busiest Commercial Service Airports
RCED-00-222: Published: Aug 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed key environmental concerns and challenges associated with airports' current operations and future growth and the efforts of major airports and federal agencies to address those concerns. GAO conducted a survey of the nation's 50 busiest commercial airports.GAO noted that: (1) the survey responses indicated that noise, water, and air quality issues...