Transportation safety (31 - 40 of 108 items)
Issues Relating to Foreign Investment and Control of U.S. Airlines
GAO-04-34R: Published: Oct 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2003.
In May 2003, the Bush Administration proposed amending the legislation that currently restricts foreign ownership of U.S. airlines, raising the allowable percentage of total foreign ownership of voting stock in U.S. airlines from 25 to 49 percent. The Department of Transportation (DOT) suggested that implementing this amendment could provide significant benefits to U.S. consumers and airlines, par...
Aviation Security: Efforts to Measure Effectiveness and Strengthen Security Programs
GAO-04-285T: Published: Nov 20, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2003.
Commercial aviation has been a long-standing target for terrorists. Since the tragic attacts of September 11, 2001, substantial changes have been made to enhance security--including the creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the federalization of the passenger screener workforce. However, despite these changes, vulnerabilities in aviation security continue to exist. Accor...
Aviation Security: Efforts to Measure Effectiveness and Address Challenges
GAO-04-232T: Published: Nov 5, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 2003.
It has been 2 years since the attacks of September 11,2001, exposed vulnerabilities in the nation's aviation system. Since then, billions of dollars have been spent on a wide range of initiatives designed to enhance the security of commercial aviation. However, vulnerabilities in aviation security continue to exist. As a result, questions have been raised regarding the effectiveness of established...
Aviation Safety: Advancements Being Pursued to Improve Airliner Cabin Occupant Safety and Health
GAO-04-33: Published: Oct 3, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2003.
Airline travel is one of the safest modes of public transportation in the United States. Furthermore, there are survivors in the majority of airliner crashes, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Additionally, more passengers might have survived if they had been better protected from the impact of the crash, smoke, or fire or better able to evacuate the airliner. As reques...
Aviation Security: Progress Since September 11, 2001, and the Challenges Ahead
GAO-03-1150T: Published: Sep 9, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2003.
In the 2 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the security of our nation's civil aviation system has assumed renewed urgency, and efforts to strengthen aviation security have received a great deal of congressional attention. On November 19, 2001, the Congress enacted the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), which created the Transportation Security Administration (T...
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...
Aviation Security: Registered Traveler Program Policy and Implementation Issues
GAO-03-253: Published: Nov 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 2002.
The aviation industry and business traveler groups have proposed the registered traveler concept as a way to reduce long waits in airport security lines caused by heightened security screening measures implemented after the September 11 terrorist attacks. In addition, aviation security experts have advocated this concept as a way to better target security resources to those travelers who might pos...
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...
Aviation Safety: FAA and DOD Response to Similar Safety Concerns
GAO-02-77: Published: Dec 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2002.
The informal and formal networks used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the military services to exchange critical aviation safety information have proven useful. However, because recent and expected retirements threaten to erode informal networks, additional formal channels of communication are needed to ensure that common safety risks are identified and addressed in a systematic a...
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...