Aircraft (41 - 50 of 89 items)
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...
NASA Travel: Passenger Aircraft Services Annually Cost Taxpayers Millions More Than Commercial Airlines
GAO-05-818: Published: Aug 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2005.
Since its creation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has operated passenger aircraft services. These operations have been questioned in several prior audit reports. GAO was asked to perform a series of audits of NASA's controls to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer dollars. In this audit, GAO assessed (1) the relative cost of NASA passenger aircraft services in com...
Aviation Safety: FAA Needs to Update Curriculum and Certification Requirements for Aviation Mechanics
GAO-03-317: Published: Mar 6, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2003.
The safety of millions of airline passengers depends in part on aviation mechanics--known as A&P mechanics--that are certified to inspect, service, and repair the aircraft's body (airframe) and/or engine (powerplant). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) establishes the requirements to become certified as an A&P mechanic. Concerns have been raised in the aviation industry about having a suffi...
Information Concerning the Arming of Commercial Pilots
GAO-02-822R: Published: Jun 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2002.
Although pilots and other crew members are currently prohibited from carrying weapons on-board aircraft, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act raises the possibility of arming pilots in the future. In responses to a congressional request, GAO provided information on reasons for and against allowing pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit; questions to be addressed if pilots were armed; and...
Airport Infrastructure: Unresolved Issues Make It Difficult to Determine the Cost to Serve New Large Aircraft
GAO-02-251: Published: Feb 4, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2002.
Airbus Industrie plans to introduce the New Large Aircraft (NLA) to U.S. airports in 2006. The Boeing 747 (B-747)is currently the largest commercial aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets standards that govern how an airport must be configured to safely serve aircraft with certain wingspans and weight. A B-747 operates under Design Group V standards, while FAA has determined that...
Air Traffic Control: Role of FAA's Modernization Program in Reducing Delays and Congestion
GAO-01-725T: Published: May 10, 2001. Publicly Released: May 10, 2001.
This testimony discusses the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to modernize the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system and its relationship to other initiatives to address the escalating crises of insufficient capacity facing the aviation industry. Specifically, GAO reviews the (1) extent of the delay and congestion problems and the contribution of the ATC system to them, (2) prog...
Aviation Competition: Regional Jet Service Yet to Reach Many Small Communities
GAO-01-344: Published: Feb 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2001.
The increasing numbers of regional jets (RJ) in operation have provided U.S. air carriers with opportunities to serve new and existing markets. With predominantly 50-seat aircraft, the carriers have initiated service to many large and medium-large communities but have provided less service to smaller communities. Service to small communities--to which the airlines now mostly operate turboprop air...
Aviation Safety: Installation of Smoke Detection and Fire Suppression Systems in U.S. Transport Aircraft
RCED-98-54R: Published: Dec 19, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the actions under way at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and within the airline industry to effect changes in fire safety standards for cargo or baggage compartments in certain passenger and cargo aircraft within the 3-year time frame proposed by FAA. GAO focused on the: (1) status of FAA's and the airline industry's efforts to equip airc...
Aviation Insurance: Issues Related to the Reauthorization of FAA's Aviation Insurance Program
T-RCED-97-115: Published: May 1, 1997. Publicly Released: May 1, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Aviation Insurance Program, focusing on changes made to the program since GAO last reported on it in 1994.GAO noted that: (1) in its 1994 report, GAO found that the program did not have sufficient funds available to pay potential insurance claims in the unlikely event of a catastro...
National Airspace System: Issues in Allocating Costs for Air Traffic Services to DOD and Other Users
RCED-97-106: Published: Apr 25, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the issues that must be resolved in allocating costs for air traffic services to the Department of Defense (DOD) and other users, focusing on: (1) funding options for DOD's share of costs if DOD is found to owe a payment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); and (2) the potential for better management of special-use airspace.GAO noted tha...