Aircraft (51 - 60 of 121 items)
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Federal Actions Needed to Ensure Safety and Expand Their Potential Uses within the National Airspace System
GAO-08-511: Published: May 15, 2008. Publicly Released: May 15, 2008.
Government and private-sector interest is growing in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for use in a variety of missions such as U.S. border protection, hurricane research, law enforcement, and real estate photography. However, UASs can fly only after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducts a case-by-case safety analysis. GAO's research questions included (1) What are the current and poten...
Aviation and the Environment: Impact of Aviation Noise on Communities Presents Challenges for Airport Operations and Future Growth of the National Airspace System
GAO-08-216T: Published: Oct 24, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2007.
To address projected increases in air traffic and current problems with aviation congestion and delays, the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), an interagency organization within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is working to plan and implement a new air traffic management system, known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). This effort involves implementin...
Very Light Jets: Several Factors Could Influence Their Effect on the National Airspace System
GAO-07-1001: Published: Aug 24, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2007.
For several years, a number of aviation manufacturers have been designing and testing very light jets, a type of small jet aircraft equipped with advanced technologies and priced below other business jets. Aviation forecasters predict that thousands of very light jets will enter the National Airspace System (NAS) over the next two decades, contributing to the overall growth of the general aviation...
Federal Aviation Administration: Cost Allocation Practices and Cost Recovery Proposal Compared with Selected International Practices
GAO-07-773R: Published: Jun 8, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2007.
Anticipating the expiration of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) current authorization at the end of fiscal year 2007, the administration submitted a proposal on February 14, 2007, for reauthorizing FAA and the excise taxes that fund most of its budget. This proposal would introduce cost-based charges for commercial users of air traffic control services, eliminate many current taxes, sub...
Federal Aviation Administration: Observations on Selected Changes to FAA's Funding and Budget Structure in the Administration's Reauthorization Proposal
GAO-07-625T: Published: Mar 21, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2007.
Recently, the administration submitted a proposal for reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the excise taxes that fund most of its budget. FAA's current authorization expires in 6 months. The proposal calls for major changes to FAA's funding and budget structure that are intended to address concerns about the long-term revenue adequacy, equity, and efficiency of FAA's current...
National Airspace System Modernization: Observations on Potential Funding Options for FAA and the Next Generation Airspace System
GAO-06-1114T: Published: Sep 27, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2006.
The transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS)--a system intended to safely accommodate a possible tripling of air traffic by 2025--will become one of the federal government's most comprehensive and technically complex undertakings, and a preliminary estimate indicates it will also be expensive. However, the current approach to managing air transportation is becoming incre...
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...
Aviation Safety: FAA Management Practices for Technical Training Mostly Effective; Further Actions Could Enhance Results
GAO-05-728: Published: Sep 7, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2005.
One key way that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) makes air travel safer is to inspect the manufacture, operation, and maintenance of aircraft that fly in the United States. To better direct its resources, FAA is shifting from an inspection process that relied on spot-checks of compliance with regulations to one that evaluates operating procedures and analyzes inspection data to identify...
FAA Safety Inspector Training Survey Data, an E-supplement to GAO-05-728
GAO-05-704SP: Published: Sep 7, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2005.
This document presents the results of GAO's survey of FAA safety inspectors. The purpose of the survey was to gather information about the technical training available to them. We developed a Web-based questionnaire to obtain this information. We drew a stratified random probability sample of 496 inspectors from the population of 2,989 aviation safety inspectors. We received 392 responses, a 79-pe...
Air Traffic Control: Preliminary Observations on Commercialized Air Navigation Service Providers
GAO-05-542T: Published: Apr 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2005.
In the past, governments worldwide owned, operated, and regulated air navigation services, viewing air traffic control as a governmental function. But as nations faced increasing financial strains, many governments decided to shift the responsibility to an independent air navigation service provider (ANSP) that operates along commercial lines. As of March 2005, 38 nations worldwide had commerciali...