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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...
Air Traffic Control: FAA Should Avoid Duplication in Procuring a Traffic Management System
IMTEC-88-8: Published: Dec 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to acquire a new automated system designed to improve air traffic flow and traffic management.GAO found that FAA believes that its present Traffic Management System cannot meet requirements because the: (1) obsolete software cannot keep pace with increasing demand; and (2) existing system does...
Aviation Safety: Commuter Airports Should Participate in the Airport Certification Program
RCED-88-41: Published: Nov 18, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) requirements for participation in its Airport Certification Program, particularly: (1) its requirements for commuter airlines with 30 or fewer passenger seats; (2) the program's safety benefits and cost-effectiveness; and (3) alternative requirements and their impact on commuter airports.GAO found tha...
Security at Nation's Highest Risk Airports
T-RCED-88-14: Published: Dec 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Civil Aviation Security Program to determine the effectiveness of its passenger screening process at airports with the highest security risk. GAO found that: (1) since the security measures at most airports are interrelated, if one measure fails, another measure is in place to support the failed measu...
Privatization of Federal Aviation Administration Functions
T-RCED-88-11: Published: Dec 1, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1987.
GAO discussed a proposal to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) functions and responsibilities. GAO noted that, although FAA faces numerous problems and deficiencies in its operations, it has taken constructive measures to correct the problems. GAO believes that: (1) privatization of FAA functions would not solve the fundamental problems facing FAA; (2) any shifts in responsibili...
FAA Staffing: Challenges in Managing Shortages in the Maintenance Work Force
RCED-87-137: Published: Sep 25, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the adequacy of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) maintenance staffing, focusing on the impact of the: (1) current staffing situation on the air traffic system; and (2) projected attrition of maintenance personnel on staffing requirements.GAO found that: (1) FAA hiring restrictions, staffing priorities, and failure to receive budget appro...
FAA Air Traffic Controller Staffing and Related Issues
T-RCED-87-42: Published: Jul 29, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1987.
GAO discussed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to rebuild its air traffic controller and maintenance technician work forces. GAO found that: (1) FAA has fewer air traffic controllers handling considerably more traffic than it did before the strike; (2) FAA has met the congressionally mandated controller work-force level of 15,000; (3) although the FAA fiscal year 1988 appropriat...
Aviation Security: FAA Preboard Passenger Screening Test Results
RCED-87-125FS: Published: Apr 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Civil Aviation Security Program, to determine whether the screening process identified weapons, explosives, or other dangerous test objects.GAO found that: (1) of the 2,419 times that FAA tested the passenger screening process at major airports, 1,923 screenings, or 80 percent, correctly identified da...
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...
FAA Staffing: Air Traffic Controllers' Work Load and Operational Performance
RCED-87-138FS: Published: May 6, 1987. Publicly Released: May 11, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) air traffic control work force at 15 control centers and 25 terminals and provided data on: (1) air traffic safety; (2) full-performance-level (FPL) controller staffing; (3) first-line supervisor staffing; (4) traffic management unit staffing; (5) overtime; (6) field training attrition; and (7) operati...