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Aviation Safety: Management Improvement Needed in FAA's Airworthiness Directive Program
RCED-90-94: Published: Feb 16, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of its Airworthiness Directive Program, focusing on: (1) whether FAA oversight is sufficient to determine airlines' compliance with directives; and (2) how FAA safety information could be used to make the program more effective.GAO found that: (1) the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB...
Mass Transit Grants: UMTA Needs to Increase Safety Focus at Local Transit Authority
RCED-90-41: Published: Dec 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Urban Mass Transportation Administration's (UMTA) oversight of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), focusing on: (1) trends in SEPTA safety conditions; (2) UMTA monitoring of SEPTA transit system safety; and (3) factors UMTA considered in approving grant assistance to SEPTA.GAO found that: (1) UMTA primarily provided...
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,...
Aviation Safety: FAA's Safety Inspection Management System Lacks Adequate Oversight
RCED-90-36: Published: Nov 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) internal controls and management practices to ensure district offices' compliance with national work program guidance regarding aircraft maintenance and pilot training inspection requirements.GAO found that FAA: (1) developed the computer-based Work Program Management Subsystem (WPMS) to serve as a manag...
Aviation Safety: FAA Has Improved Its Removal Procedures for Pilot Examiners
RCED-89-199: Published: Sep 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) procedures for removing pilot examiners who did not satisfactorily carry out their responsibilities.GAO found that FAA: (1) lacked adequate guidance for the examiner removal process; (2) cited particular difficulty in removing examiners who chose to challenge the removal decision, resulting in district of...
Truck Safety: Information on Driver Training
RCED-89-163: Published: Aug 3, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA) efforts to establish minimum federal standards for training tractor-trailer drivers; (2) driver training curricula offered by various public and private schools; and (3) trucking industry efforts to improve the quality of driver training.GAO found that: (1) FHwA published rules establishing a 1992 de...
Aviation Safety: Conditions Within the Air Traffic Control Work Force
RCED-89-113FS: Published: Apr 24, 1989. Publicly Released: May 25, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided the results of its 1988 questionnaire of air traffic controllers, supervisors, and facility managers on air traffic issues facing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including work load, staffing, overtime, training, morale, and system safety. GAO compared the 1988 responses with those of its 1985 survey.GAO found that controllers generally...
Pipeline Safety: New Risk Assessment Program Could Help Evaluate Inspection Cycle
RCED-89-107: Published: Mar 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Pipeline Safety's development of the inspection cycle for natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines, focusing on whether the: (1) office based the pipeline inspection cycle on sound risk assessments; and (2) Pipeline Inspection Priority Program (PIPP) would identify pipelines with the greatest...
Pipeline Safety Risk Assessment Program Could Help Evaluate Inspection Cycle
T-RCED-89-15: Published: Mar 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1989.
GAO discussed the Department of Transportation's (DOT) development of inspection cycles. GAO found that: (1) DOT did not evaluate safety risk prior to developing its 2.5-year inspection cycle; (2) DOT established its current inspection cycle based on the number of days it expected its inspectors to take to complete a pipeline unit inspection, the number of units, and the number of inspectors; (3)...
Aviation Safety: Airlines Should Check Pilot Applicants' Safety History
RCED-88-154: Published: Jun 7, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) identified Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations regarding commercial airline pilot hiring practices; (2) assessed the type and availability of FAA pilot safety background information; and (3) determined whether airlines verified pilot safety background information.GAO found that: (1) FAA required airline pilots to have a valid FAA certific...