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Ways in which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can improve the operation of its general aviation district offices (GADO) were examined.

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Recommendations

Recommendations for Executive Action

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to assure that Safety Impovement Reports are better used by (1) continually publicizing the existence and use of the form; (2) aggressively following up on submitted reports until corrective action is taken; and (3) informing submitters of action taken.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to give higher priority to conducting periodic regional evaluations of GADO performance, as required by FAA directives.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to direct GADO's to spot check pilot examiner flight tests on a periodic basis.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to assure that locations needing accident prevention counselors are identified and that counselors are appointed.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to develop a GADO work force planning process that includes setting objectives, identifying needed work tasks, and using up-to-date staffing standards.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to seek the necessary approvals to extend the retention period for the Aircraft Request and Use Record (form 4040.6).
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to require GADO's to use the data on flight instructor evaluation forms as a tool in monitoring flight instructor performance.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to provide GADO managers with job-related training in budgeting, staff management, and other principles contained in the "Managing a GADO" guide.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to establish additional specific criteria as to what actions constitute inadequate pilot examiner performance and can result in removal of examiner designations.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to assure that GADO's prepare accident prevention plans that identify specific safety problems that need attention and how the problems will be resolved.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to demonstrate that actual savings from using leased district office modernization equipment will justify the cost of the equipment. This should be done before purchasing the equipment for nationwide use.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to require pilot examiners to submit to FAA a flight instructor evaluation form on each flight test administered and to provide a copy of this evaluation to the appropriate instructor.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to amend Federal Aviation Regulations to specify minimal subject matter to be required in each biennial flight review, appropriate to the type of pilot license and ratings to be used.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to assure that flight assists are quickly followed up using accident prevention counselors for this purpose whenever possible.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to assure that private organization accident prevention programs are assessed so that improvements, when needed, can be encouraged.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to direct regions and GADO's to use the deferred suspension option in cases where remedial training is preferred and provide better guidance on how to use this option.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to evaluate, on a continuing basis, all potential work saving measures (such as increased work delegation), including those submitted by field organizations, and ensure that timely and full advantage is taken of those having merit.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to assure that GADO's and regions gather qualification and experience data on safety meeting attendees to be used in planning the content for safety meetings and measuring success in reaching target groups.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to explore the possibility of aircraft rentals through competitive bidding and use this method when it would result in cost savings to the Government.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to provide GADO personnel with clear and specific guidelines (using examples if necessary) that define and differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable rental aircraft uses.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to identify the specific information necessary to perform thorough postaudits of rental form justification and revise the appropriate directives to require such information.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the FAA Administrator to require specific justifications for selecting aircraft rentals other than single-engine aircraft and provide examples of justifications that would (and/or would not) be acceptable.
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Recommendation status is Open.

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