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Aviation Certification: FAA Has Made Continued Progress in Improving Its Processes for U.S. Aviation Products
GAO-17-508T: Published: Mar 23, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2017.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made progress in addressing two rulemaking committees' recommendations regarding its certification process and the consistency of its regulatory interpretations.FAA has completed 13 of 14 initiatives for addressing the 6 certification process recommendations. For example, 5 of the 13 completed initiatives involved improving and expanding its program...
Aviation Safety: FAA's Efforts to Implement Recommendations to Improve Certification and Regulatory Consistency Face Some Challenges
GAO-14-728T: Published: Jul 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2014.
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Aircraft Certification Service (Aircraft Certification) is responsible for addressing the certification and approval process recommendations, and has made progress. Aircraft Certification is implementing and has set milestones for completing 14 initiatives, several of which were originally begun as part of earlier certification process improvement effort...
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...
Aviation Safety: FAA's Safety Oversight System Is Effective but Could Benefit from Better Evaluation of Its Programs' Performance
GAO-06-266T: Published: Nov 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2005.
The U.S. commercial aviation industry has an extraordinary safety record. However, when passenger airlines have accidents or serious incidents, regardless of their rarity, the consequences can be tragic. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) works to maintain a high level of safety through an effective safety oversight system. Keys to this system are to: (1) establish programs that focus resou...
Aviation Safety: FAA Needs to Strengthen the Management of Its Designee Programs
GAO-05-40: Published: Oct 8, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2004.
The safety of the flying public and the reliability of the nation's aircraft depend, in part, on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) regulation and certification of the aviation industry. FAA delegates the vast majority of its safety certification activities to about 13,600 private persons and organizations, known as "designees," which are currently grouped into 18 different programs. Amon...
Aviation Rulemaking: Incomplete Implementation Impaired FAA's Reform Efforts
GAO-01-950T: Published: Jul 11, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2001.
This testimony discusses the results of GAO's review of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) rulemaking process and ways to improve its efficiency. GAO found that the time FAA took to formally initiate a rule in response to a congressional mandate or a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation varied widely. Between fiscal year 1995 and fiscal year 2000, FAA initiated most such ru...
Federal Aviation Administration: Issues Related to FAA Reform
T-RCED-95-247: Published: Aug 2, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1995.
GAO discussed the need for reforms at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), focusing on air traffic control (ATC) modernization, funding, and organizational structure. GAO noted that: (1) FAA attributes schedule delays and cost overruns in the ATC modernization program to burdensome procurement rules; (2) exempting FAA from the rules could result in a more expeditious acquisition process; (3)...
Aviation Safety: FAA Can Be More Proactive in Promoting Aviation Safety
T-RCED-95-81: Published: Jan 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1995.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to ensure the safety of the flying public. GAO noted that: (1) although recent aviation accidents have received much publicity and raised considerable public concern, air travel remains generally safe; (2) FAA is having difficulty keeping pace with advances in aircraft technologies; (3) FAA has taken years to develop a system to tar...
Aviation Safety: FAA's Assessment of Pre-flight Service Technology Options
AIMD-94-137BR: Published: Jun 20, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) funding for its Direct User Access Terminal System (DUATS), focusing on: (1) whether the FAA Flight Service Technology Subcommittee's report was responsive to a congressional reporting requirement; and (2) the statistical validity of a DUATS user survey that FAA used to justify its proposal to terminate f...
Aviation Safety: FAA Can Better Prepare General Aviation Pilots for Mountain Flying Risks
RCED-94-15: Published: Dec 9, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of general aviation safety, focusing on the: (1) extent to which mountainous areas present higher risks than nonmountainous areas for general aviation; and (2) FAA actions to reduce the risks associated with mountain flying and the impact of those actions on general aviation. GAO also examined t...