Aviation (41 - 50 of 57 items)
National Airspace System: Experts' Views on Improving the U.S. Air Traffic Control Modernization Program
GAO-05-333SP: Published: Apr 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2005.
In 1981, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began a program to modernize the national airspace system and a primary component, the air traffic control (ATC) system. The ATC component of this program, which is designed to replace aging equipment and accommodate predicted growth in air traffic, has had difficulty for more than two decades in meeting cost, schedule, and performance targets. Th...
Aviation Safety: FAA Needs to Strengthen the Management of Its Designee Programs
GAO-05-40: Published: Oct 8, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2004.
The safety of the flying public and the reliability of the nation's aircraft depend, in part, on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) regulation and certification of the aviation industry. FAA delegates the vast majority of its safety certification activities to about 13,600 private persons and organizations, known as "designees," which are currently grouped into 18 different programs. Amon...
Airport Passenger Screening: Preliminary Observations on Progress Made and Challenges Remaining
GAO-03-1173: Published: Sep 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2003.
Passenger screening is critical to the security of our nation's aviation system, particularly in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is tasked with securing all modes of transportation, including the screening of airline passengers. TSA has met numerous requirements in this regard, such as deploying more than 50,000 federal s...
Reducing Congestion: Congestion Pricing Has Promise for Improving Use of Transportation Infrastructure
GAO-03-735T: Published: May 6, 2003. Publicly Released: May 6, 2003.
The nation's transportation systems have become increasingly congested, and pressure on them is expected to grow substantially in the future. Most transportation experts think a multifaceted approach is needed to address congestion and improve mobility. One potential tool is congestion pricing, that is, charging users a toll, fee, or surcharge for using transportation infrastructure during certain...
Airport Finance: Using Airport Grant Funds for Security Projects Has Affected Some Development Projects
GAO-03-27: Published: Oct 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 2002.
The events of September 11, 2001 created several new challenges for the aviation industry in ensuring the safety and security of the national airport system. Chief among them is deciding to what extent Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant funds should be used to finance the new security requirements at the nation's airports. Although many in the aviation industry believe that funding security p...
Government Performance and Results Act: Information on FAA's Science Activities in DOT's Performance Report for Fiscal Year 1999, Performance Plan for FY 2001, and July 2000 Draft Strategic Plan
RCED-00-258R: Published: Aug 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) science activities, in the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Performance report, focusing on: (1) how fiscal year (FY) 1999 performance report/FY 2001 performance plan addresses FAA's science activities; (2) the extent to which FAA's science activities in the President's FY 2001 budget r...
The Essential Air Service Program
123296: Jan 31, 1984
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed its report on the small communities Essential Air Service Subsidy Program and provided related updated information. GAO found that the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has successfully implemented this program, ensuring continued air service to more than 500 small communities protected by the Airline Deregulation Act. However, the number of passen...
FAA Can Better Manage the Aircraft It Uses To Keep Pilots Current and Provide Transportation
PLRD-83-52: Published: Apr 1, 1983. Publicly Released: May 3, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal civilian agencies' aircraft operations to determine whether they are being managed efficiently and economically. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducts aircraft flight programs to keep pilots current.GAO found that more effective management of FAA programs is needed because: (1) most pilots do not acquire the minimum flight h...
Utilization of Navy Long Supply Aviation Assets: Improved Coordination and Supervision Needed
PLRD-82-121: Published: Sep 17, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1982.
GAO completed a followup review of the Navy's program for using long supply aviation assets in producing aircraft airframes, engines, and targets. In a prior report, GAO identified weaknesses in the operation of this program and recommended specific actions for its improvement.GAO found that the Navy's program for utilizing long supply aviation assets in new production continues to fall short of r...
Millions Spent Needlessly in Navy and Marine Corps' Aviation Bonus Program
FPCD-82-56: Published: Aug 9, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1982.
GAO evaluated the Navy and Marine Corps' implementation of the aviation officer continuation bonus program to determine whether these services are using it selectively as Congress intended.GAO found that the Navy and the Marine Corps have not judiciously managed the bonus program and that almost 80 percent of their total payments during fiscal year (FY) 1981 were spent unnecessarily. In many cases...