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Federal Aviation Administration: Challenges Facing the Agency in Fiscal Year 2008 and Beyond
GAO-07-490T: Published: Feb 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2007.
FAA operates one of the safest air transportation systems in the world. It is, however, a system under strain. The skies over America are becoming more crowded every day. FAA faces the daunting task of safely integrating a growing influx of passengers and aircraft into the system and simultaneously leading the transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)--a complicated eff...
Aviation Security: Progress Made in Systematic Planning to Guide Key Investment Decisions, but More Work Remains
GAO-07-448T: Published: Feb 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2007.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), established in November 2001, has developed and implemented a variety of programs to secure the commercial aviation system. To implement these efforts, TSA funding related to aviation security has totaled about $20 billion since fiscal year 2004. Other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components, such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection...
Aviation Safety: FAA's Safety Efforts Generally Strong but Face Challenges
GAO-06-1091T: Published: Sep 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2006.
The U.S. commercial aviation industry has had an extraordinary safety record in recent years. However, expected increases in air-traffic--including the introduction of new vehicles into the national airspace, such as unmanned vehicles and very light jets--and human resource issues, present challenges that have the potential to strain the existing safety oversight system. GAO's testimony focuses on...
Commercial Aviation: Programs and Options for the Federal Approach to Providing and Improving Air Service to Small Communities
GAO-06-398T: Published: Sep 14, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2006.
Over the last decade, significant changes have occurred in the airline industry. Network carriers are facing challenging financial conditions and low-cost carriers are attracting passengers away from some small community airports. These changes, and others, have challenged the ability of small communities to attract adequate commercial air service. In response to these challenges, Congress has est...
Aviation Security: TSA Has Strengthened Efforts to Plan for the Optimal Deployment of Checked Baggage Screening Systems, but Funding Uncertainties Remain
GAO-06-875T: Published: Jun 29, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2006.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed two types of baggage screening equipment: explosive detection systems (EDS), which use X-rays to scan bags for explosives, and explosive trace detection systems (ETD), in which bags are swabbed to test for chemical traces of explosives. TSA considers screening with EDS to be superior to screening with ETD because EDS machines process mo...
Responses to Questions for the Record; Hearing on The Future of Air Traffic Control: The R&D Agenda
GAO-06-778R: Published: May 17, 2006. Publicly Released: May 17, 2006.
This letter responds to Congress's April 26, 2006, request that we address questions submitted for the record by Members of Congress related to the March 29, 2006, hearing entitled The Future of Air Traffic Control: The R&D Agenda. Our responses are based on our previous and ongoing work and our knowledge of the areas addressed by the questions...
Aviation Security: Enhancements Made in Passenger and Checked Baggage Screening, but Challenges Remain
GAO-06-371T: Published: Apr 4, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2006.
Securing commercial aviation is a daunting task--with hundreds of airports, thousands of aircraft, and thousands of flights daily carrying millions of passengers and pieces of checked baggage. It has been over 3 years since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assumed responsibility for passenger and baggage screening at commercial airports. This testimony focuses on the progress TSA i...
Commercial Aviation: Survey of Small Community Air Service Grantees and Applicants, an E-supplement to GAO-06-21
GAO-06-101SP: Published: Nov 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2005.
This document presents the results of two GAO web-based surveys of airports. One survey was to airports that received grants under the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Small Community Air Service Development Program. The purpose of this was to examine (1) how passenger traffic and air service have changed at the nation's small community airports, (2) how DOT has implemented the Small Community...
National Airspace System: Transformation will Require Cultural Change, Balanced Funding Priorities, and Use of All Available Management Tools
GAO-06-154: Published: Oct 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2005.
The National Airspace System (NAS) is a complex network of airports, aircraft, air traffic control (ATC) facilities, employees, and pilots. The aviation industry, which depends on the NAS, contributes about 9 percent to the gross domestic product. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), funded through a tax-financed trust fund and General Fund appropriations, is pursuing a multibillion-dollar m...
Survey of Large- and Medium-Hub Airports on Existing and Planned Bus and Rail Connections, an E-supplement to GAO-05-727
GAO-05-738SP: Published: Jul 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2005.
This document presents the results of GAO's survey of airport directors. The purpose of the survey was to determine the extent to which intermodal services and facilities have been developed at major U.S. airports. We developed the Web-based questionnaire and administered the survey to 72 airports from the 2003 Federal Aviation Administration's Air Carrier Activity Information System database. The...