Airline Inspections:

Comparison of Airlines With and Without Military Contracts

RCED-86-185BR: Published: Jun 20, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1986.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the results of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) National Air Transportation Inspection (NATI) for airlines having contracts with the Military Airlift Command (MAC) with those not contracting with MAC.

From its analysis of the NATI data, GAO found that airlines with MAC contracts had a lower level of compliance with FAA regulations than airlines not contracting with MAC. Specifically, GAO found that: (1) FAA selected a higher percentage of MAC contract airlines for the more in-depth NATI inspections; (2) MAC contract airlines had a higher rate of adverse comments than airlines without MAC contracts; and (3) MAC contract airlines had a higher percentage of unsatisfactory inspections than other airlines.