Aviation Safety:

FAA's Surveillance of Two Contract Military Carriers

RCED-86-128FS: Published: Mar 13, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1986.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information concerning the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of two airlines involved in military charters.

GAO found that: (1) there were a number of problem areas with the carriers' operations specifications, maintenance procedures and records, and safety inspections; (2) both carriers violated FAA regulations, including operating aircraft in an unsafe condition, operating aircraft on numerous occasions without complying with airworthiness directives, and operating aircraft without complying with the appropriate inspection requirements; (3) both carriers had major accidents due to deficient maintenance; (4) one flight operated without appropriate navigational procedures; and (5) although FAA revoked the carriers' operating certificates, it continued to reissue the certificates even though the carriers had problems meeting certification requirements.

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