Rail transit safety (71 - 80 of 92 items)
Air Safety: FAA's Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System
RCED-88-66BR: Published: Feb 11, 1988. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) proposed Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), focusing on its: (1) safety benefits; (2) commercial prospects; and (3) development plans.GAO found that FAA: (1) designed TCAS to reduce the risk of mid-air collisions by providing pilots with an independent airborne backup to t...
Motor Vehicle Safety: A Review of the NTSB Report on Rear Seat Lap Belt Effectiveness
RCED-88-13: Published: Nov 13, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Safety Transportation Board's (NTSB) study that criticized the effectiveness of lap belts for rear-seat automobile passengers.GAO found that NTSB: (1) demonstrated that lap belts could cause death or serious injury to rear-seat occupants in severe frontal crashes; (2) stated that the databases that other highway safety researchers u...
A Judgmental Call: Measuring the Safety of the Airlines
135528: Jan 1, 1988
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 1, Spring 1988, discusses how aviation researchers are attempting to determine appropriate, effective standards for measuring and comparing airline safety. While experts generally agree that pilot competence, maintenance quality, financial stability, and management attitude are very important to safe operation, problems exist in attempts to defi...
Aviation Safety: Needed Improvements in FAA's Airline Inspection Program Are Underway
RCED-87-62: Published: May 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA): (1) ability to maintain airline safety standards in a deregulated environment; and (2) actions to correct weaknesses in its inspection program.GAO found that FAA: (1) did not develop a system for monitoring deregulation's impact; (2) decreased its inspection force by 250 between 1981 and 1983, althoug...
Military Airlift: Management Controls Over Charter Airlift Need To Be Strengthened
NSIAD-87-67: Published: Mar 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Department of Defense's (DOD) policies and procedures for chartering commercial aircraft; (2) oversight procedures for monitoring carrier performance and compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety regulations; and (3) the investigation of the accident at Gander, Newfoundland, that resulted in the deaths of 248 U.S. milita...
Pipeline Safety: Actions Taken To Improve the Program
RCED-86-235FS: Published: Sep 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) provided information on what actions the Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) took in response to prior recommendations; (2) discussed problems with RSPA pipeline safety data systems; and (3) summarized the results of RSPA pipeline contractor inspections since 1980.GAO found that: (1) the only recommenda...
Aviation Safety: Serious Problems Concerning the Air Traffic Control Work Force
RCED-86-121: Published: Mar 6, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1986.
GAO reported on its study of the air traffic control (ATC) work force. GAO: (1) surveyed air traffic controllers, supervisors, and facility managers about the prevalence of certain problems; and (2) studied Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data on staffing, overtime, and air traffic activity.GAO found that: (1) the ATC system is operating with fewer controllers overall, and far fewer fully qu...
Three Safety Issues Relating to Aviation
128050: Oct 1, 1985
GAO discussed on: (1) current conditions within the air traffic control (ATC) work force; (2) variations in the type and frequency of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspections of air carriers; and (3) FAA progress in developing a terminal doppler weather radar system to detect low level wind shears. GAO noted that: (1) FAA controller staffing fell by 75 percent after the 1981 controllers'...
Stronger Enforcement Would Help Improve Motor Carrier Safety
RCED-85-64: Published: Sep 5, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 1985.
GAO reviewed the motor safety enforcement program carried out by the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA) Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety (BMCS), focusing on the extent of BMCS oversight of such activities as: (1) the selection of motor carriers and shippers for safety audits; (2) assessment of motor carriers' and shippers' safety compliance; (3) the correction of deficiencies identified by safe...
GAO Review of the Federal Highway Administration's Motor Carrier Safety Enforcement Activities
126708: Apr 18, 1985
GAO discussed certain aspects of motor carrier safety enforcement activities and the organization of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA) Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety (BMCS). GAO believes that increased oversight of the safety audit procedures has the potential to improve motor carrier safety and a recent FHwA organizational change may increase BMCS ability to perform program oversight. G...