Airports (51 - 60 of 223 items)
National Transportation System: Options and Analytical Tools to Strengthen DOT's Approach to Supporting Communities' Access to the System
GAO-09-753: Published: Jul 17, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2009.
Since 1978, the Essential Air Service (EAS) program has subsidized air service to eligible communities that would otherwise not have scheduled service. The cost of this program has risen as the number of communities being served and subsidies to air carriers have increased. At the same time, the number of carriers providing EAS service has declined. Given continuing concerns over the EAS program's...
Responses to Questions for the Record: February 11, 2009, Hearing on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009
GAO-09-467R: Published: Mar 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2009.
This letter responds to a Congressional request that we address questions submitted for the record related to the February 11, 2009, hearing entitled FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009. Our attached responses to these questions are based on updates to our previous work and our knowledge of the areas addressed by the questions...
Transportation Programs: Challenges Facing the Department of Transportation and Congress
GAO-09-435T: Published: Mar 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2009.
A safe, efficient, and convenient transportation system is integral to the health of our economy and quality of life. Our nation's vast transportation system of airways, railways, roads, transit systems, and waterways has served this need, yet is under considerable pressure due to increasing congestion and costs to maintain and improve the system. Calls for increased investment come at a time when...
National Airspace System: FAA Reauthorization Issues are Critical to System Transformation and Operations
GAO-09-377T: Published: Feb 11, 2009. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2009.
As requested, this statement discusses issues for the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The aviation industry is in a period of economic turmoil and faces an uncertain future. At the same time, FAA is undertaking one of its most ambitious efforts ever to transform the nation's air traffic control system. The reauthorization of FAA provides an opportunity for Congress an...
Aviation Security: Status of Transportation Security Inspector Workforce
GAO-09-123R: Published: Feb 6, 2009. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 2009.
This report was written in response to House Report 110-181, accompanying H.R. 2638, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, 2008. In accordance with direction in that report, we are reporting on the operation of the transportation security inspector (TSI) program since it has been located at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within the Department of Homeland Securi...
Aviation and the Environment: Initial Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program Projects Reduce Emissions, and FAA Plans to Assess the Program's Overall Performance as Participation Increases
GAO-09-37: Published: Nov 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2008.
In 2003, Congress established a program to reduce airport ground emissions at commercial service airports in areas failing to meet or maintain air quality standards. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) administers the Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program and oversees the program's two sources of funding: Airport Improvement Program (AIP) federal grants or Passenger Facility Charges...
Aviation Safety: FAA Has Increased Efforts to Address Runway Incursions
GAO-08-1169T: Published: Sep 25, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2008.
Despite a recent reduction in air traffic due to economic factors, congestion on airport runways remains a safety concern. The nation's aviation system is still expected to grow and become more crowded in the coming years, exacerbating concerns about ground safety issues, including runway incursions, which occur when aircraft enter runways without authorization. This statement addresses (1) recent...
Next Generation Air Transportation System: Status of Key Issues Associated with the Transition to NextGen
GAO-08-1154T: Published: Sep 11, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2008.
To prepare for forecasted air traffic growth, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in partnership with other federal agencies and the aviation industry, is planning and implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), a new, satellite-based air traffic management system that is expected to increase the safety and enhance the capacity of the air transport system. NextGen...
Next Generation Air Transportation System: Status of Systems Acquisition and the Transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System
GAO-08-1078: Published: Sep 11, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2008.
The Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), an interagency organization within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), was created to plan and coordinate research and development for the next generation air transportation system (NextGen). Transitioning to NextGen will require FAA to continue to acquire new air traffic control (ATC) systems on schedule and on budget. GAO's concerns about...
Transportation Security: TSA Has Developed a Risk-Based Covert Testing Program, but Could Better Mitigate Aviation Security Vulnerabilities Identified Through Covert Tests
GAO-08-958: Published: Aug 8, 2008. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 2008.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses undercover, or covert, testing to approximate techniques that terrorists may use to identify vulnerabilities in and measure the performance of airport security systems. During these tests, undercover inspectors attempt to pass threat objects through passenger and baggage screening systems, and access secure airport areas. In response to a congr...