Commercial aviation (41 - 50 of 308 items)
Aviation Safety: Improved Planning Could Help FAA Address Challenges Related to Winter Weather Operations
GAO-10-678: Published: Jul 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2010.
Ice formation on aircraft can disrupt the smooth flow of air over the wings and prevent the aircraft from taking off or decrease the pilot's ability to maintain control of the aircraft. Takeoff and landing operations can also be risky in winter weather. Despite persistent efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and others to mitigate icing risks, icing remains a serious concern. GAO r...
Commercial Aviation: Better Information about Airline-Imposed Fees and the Refundability of Government-Imposed Taxes and Fees Could Benefit Consumers
GAO-10-885T: Published: Jul 14, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2010.
This testimony discusses various issues affecting airline passengers, including airline-imposed fees, mishandled baggage, and the refundability of various government-imposed taxes and fees to passengers. The U.S. passenger airline industry has been under tremendous financial pressure over the last decade, first from security threats that inhibited air travel, then from volatile fuel costs, and mor...
Commercial Aviation: Consumers Could Benefit from Better Information about Airline-Imposed Fees and Refundability of Government-Imposed Taxes and Fees
GAO-10-785: Published: Jul 14, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2010.
To supplement fare revenues, airlines are increasingly charging fees for optional passenger services, notably for checked baggage, for which separate charges did not previously exist. While air fares are subject to a 7.5 percent excise tax that funds the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which helps fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), many new optional fees are not. As requested, this rep...
Transportation Security: Additional Actions Could Strengthen the Security of Intermodal Transportation Facilities
GAO-10-435R: Published: May 27, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2010.
Terrorist attacks on mass transit and commuter rail facilities in Moscow, Madrid, London, and Mumbai, and the significant loss of life and disruption they caused, have highlighted the vulnerability of transportation facilities to terrorism and the need for greater focus on securing these facilities, including intermodal transportation terminals. Such intermodal transportation terminals--locations...
Airline Mergers: Issues Raised by the Proposed Merger of United and Continental Airlines
GAO-10-778T: Published: May 27, 2010. Publicly Released: May 27, 2010.
Earlier this month, United Air Lines (United) and Continental Airlines (Continental) announced plans to merge the two airlines and signed a merger agreement. This follows the acquisition of Northwest Airlines by Delta Air Lines (Delta) in 2008, which propelled Delta to become the largest airline in the United States. This latest merger, if not challenged by the Department of Justice (DOJ), would s...
National Airspace System: Setting On-Time Performance Targets at Congested Airports Could Help Focus FAA's Actions
GAO-10-542: Published: May 26, 2010. Publicly Released: May 26, 2010.
Flight delays have beset the U.S. national airspace system. In 2007, more than one-quarter of all flights either arrived late or were canceled across the system, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT and its operating agency, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), are making substantial investments in transforming to a new air traffic control system--the Next Generation Air...
National Airspace System: Summary of Flight Delay Trends for 34 Airports in the Continental United States (GAO-10-543SP, May 26, 2010), an E-supplement to GAO-10-542
GAO-10-543SP: Published: May 26, 2010. Publicly Released: May 26, 2010.
This document is an e-supplement to GAO-10-542. It provides information on airline flight delays from calendar years 2000 through 2009 for the 34 airports identified in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Operational Evolution Partnership (OEP) program and located in the continental United States. These 34 airports serve major metropolitan areas and in 2008 handled over 70 percent of passe...
Aviation Safety: Preliminary Information on Aircraft Icing and Winter Operations
GAO-10-441T: Published: Feb 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2010.
Ice formation on aircraft can disrupt the smooth flow of air over the wings and prevent the aircraft from taking off or decrease the pilot's ability to maintain control of the aircraft. Taxi and landing operations can also be risky in winter weather. Despite a variety of technologies designed to prevent ice from forming on planes, as well as persistent efforts by the Federal Aviation Administratio...
Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Fiscal Year 2009 Airport and Airway Trust Fund Excise Taxes
GAO-10-92R: Published: Nov 5, 2009. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 2009.
We have performed the procedures described in this letter, which we agreed to perform and with which the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation concurred, solely to assist the Inspector General's office in ascertaining whether the net excise tax revenue distributed to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2009, is supported by the underlyin...
Aviation Safety: Information on the Safety Effects of Modifying the Age Standard for Commercial Pilots
GAO-10-107R: Published: Oct 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2009.
The Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act (the act) extended the federal age standard for pilots of large commercial aircraft from 60 to 65 years of age. The act also requires us to report--no later than 24 months after its enactment--on the effect, if any, of this change on aviation safety. This report responds to that requirement.Our review of FAA's accident and incident data and NTSB's acci...