Compilation and Analysis of the Federal Aviation Administration's Inspection of a Sample of Commercial Air Carriers

RCED-85-157: Published: Aug 2, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1985.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) data concerning the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) inspection of 92 commercial air carriers; and (2) FAA responsibility to monitor and inspect air carrier operations and maintenance to ensure compliance with federal safety regulations.

GAO developed data and analysis on the type, frequency, and results of FAA inspections for a sample of the nation's scheduled commercial air carriers operating under FAA regulations which provided information on each carrier, the air carrier's fleet size and fiscal year 1984 operating hours, and the location of the FAA office having principal responsibility for oversight of the air carrier.