Commercial aviation (111 - 120 of 309 items)
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...
Next Generation Air Transportation System: Progress and Challenges Associated with the Transformation of the National Airspace System
GAO-07-25: Published: Nov 13, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2006.
In 2003, Congress created the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) to plan for and coordinate, with federal and nonfederal stakeholders, a transformation from the current air traffic control system to the "next generation air transportation system" (NGATS) by 2025. Housed within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), JPDO has seven partner agencies: the Departments of Transportation, C...
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...
Commercial Aviation: Costs and Major Factors Influencing Infrastructure Changes at U.S. Airports to Accomodate the New A380 Aircraft
GAO-06-571: Published: May 19, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2006.
Airbus S.A.S (Airbus), a European aircraft manufacturer, introduced a new aircraft, the A380 that will be the largest passenger aircraft in the world with expected delivery to its first customers in late 2006. The A380 has a double deck and is expected to seat between 555 and 853 passengers. The A380 is much larger than its competitors with a wingspan of 262 feet, a tail fin about 80 feet high, an...
Aviation Security: Further Study of Safety and Effectiveness and Better Management Controls Needed If Air Carriers Resume Interest in Deploying Less-than-Lethal Weapons
GAO-06-475: Published: May 26, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2006.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has authority to approve air carrier requests to deploy less-than-lethal weapons, including electric stun devices, onboard commercial aircraft to thwart an attack. Since the terrorist attacks of 2001, one air carrier received approval to deploy electric stun devices. To address concerns regarding reports of injuries after the use of these devices an...
Airline Deregulation: Reregulating the Airline Industry Would Likely Reverse Consumer Benefits and Not Save Airline Pensions
GAO-06-630: Published: Jun 9, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2006.
The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 phased out the government's control over fares and service and allowed market forces to determine the price and level of domestic airline service in the United States. The intent was to increase competition and thereby lead to lower fares and improved service. In 2005, GAO reported on the tenuous finances of some airlines that have led to bankruptcy and pension...
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: Initial Small Community Air Service Development Projects Have Achieved Mixed Results
GAO-06-21: Published: Nov 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2005.
Over the last decade significant changes have occurred in the airline industry. Many legacy 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 small communities to attract adequate commercial air service. To help small communities improve air service, Congress estab...
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...