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Aviation Safety: Additional Actions Needed for Three Safety Programs
T-RCED-92-90: Published: Aug 4, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1992.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) progress in three programs to improve aviation safety. GAO noted that: (1) FAA has not established a planned database to monitor older aircraft safety compliance, but intends to issue a report to Congress in September 1992; (2) the report will not help FAA track modifications and repairs performed on older aircraft or capture information on...
Aviation Safety: FAA Needs to More Aggressively Manage Its Inspection Program
T-RCED-92-25: Published: Feb 6, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1992.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) management and oversight of its inspection program. GAO noted that: (1) since FAA has not sufficiently addressed previously reported problems with its inspection program, it cannot ensure that airlines comply with federal safety regulations; (2) the FAA management database for inspections, the Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem (PTRS)...
Aging Aircraft Maintenance: Additional FAA Oversight Needed
T-RCED-91-84: Published: Sep 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1991.
GAO discussed federal oversight of the maintenance and repair of aging aircraft, focusing on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules which give the airline industry about 4 years to guard against structural fatigue in older aircraft by strengthening airframe structures. GAO noted that: (1) some airlines could have difficulty complying with the FAA aging aircraft rules, since FAA underestimated...
Aviation Noise: Costs of Phasing Out Noisy Aircraft
RCED-91-128: Published: Jul 2, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the economic impact of noise abatement measures on the aviation industry.GAO found that: (1) the passage of the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA) may discourage some airports from adopting their own noise restrictions, since it requires that new Stage 3 aircraft restrictions not voluntarily agreed to by aircraft operators be approved by the Sec...
Aircraft Maintenance: Additional FAA Oversight Needed of Aging Aircraft Repairs (Vol. I)
RCED-91-91A: Published: May 24, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) increases in demand for heavy airframe maintenance; (2) air carriers' efforts to comply with new federal requirements for repairing aging aircraft; and (3) the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of air carriers' compliance with the new rules.GAO found that: (1) the demand for airframe repair and maintenance during the 1990 throu...
Aircraft Maintenance: Additional FAA Oversight Needed of Aging Aircraft Repairs (Vol. II)
RCED-91-91B: Published: May 24, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the aircraft repair station industry, focusing on the responses of 48 carriers and 35 independent repair stations to a questionnaire regarding aircraft maintenance demand, constraints on maintenance supply, and carriers' compliance with airworthiness directives.GAO presented: (1) a list of air carriers and independent repair stations...
Aircraft Maintenance: Potential Shortage in National Aircraft Repair Capacity
RCED-91-14: Published: Oct 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed various aspects of the U.S. aircraft repair station industry, focusing on the: (1) reasons for recent increases in maintenance demand; (2) extent to which the industry's capacity is being used; and (3) factors affecting future demand for and supply of airline and independent repair station services.GAO found that: (1) airline and independent aircra...
Observations on H.R. 3774, 'The Aging Aircraft Safety Act of 1989'
T-RCED-90-82: Published: May 23, 1990. Publicly Released: May 23, 1990.
GAO discussed the Aging Aircraft Safety Act of 1989, intended to reduce the safety risk of older aircraft and raise the public's confidence in the safety of the U.S. air transport fleet. GAO found that: (1) the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needed an overall plan for coordinating activities in the aging aircraft area; and (2) the legislation would require that, within one year of reaching...
Aging Aircraft: FAA Needs Comprehensive Plan to Coordinate Government and Industry Actions
RCED-90-75: Published: Dec 22, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1989.
GAO assessed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to ensure the safety of aging commercial aircraft.GAO found that FAA: (1) sponsored a June 1988 international conference on aging aircraft after an accident involving an aging aircraft's structural failure; (2) and the airline industry initiated many promising actions to respond to conference recommendations and hosted a second confe...
Aviation Safety: Information on FAA's Age 60 Rule for Pilots
RCED-90-45FS: Published: Nov 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) regulation prohibiting individuals 60 years or older from piloting large commercial aircraft.GAO found that: (1) FAA has not changed the rule since its adoption in 1959; (2) since 1959, 418 pilots have submitted 67 petitions requesting exemptions, of which FAA has granted none; (3) from 1960 through 1988,...