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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) monitoring and enforcement of aircraft noise rules at Washington National Airport.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation 1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to: (1) monitor all--or a systematic, generalizable sample of--operations at high-density airports, including National Airport, for compliance with the high-density rule; and (2) maintain a system of records of the violations identified and its disposition of them in a form that will enable FAA to evaluate its overall monitoring and enforcement effort.
Closed - Implemented
FAA stated that: (1) all air carrier and commuter schedules are monitored; (2) no air carrier or commuter operator can schedule more flights than the number of slots held without FAA detection; and (3) a carrier cannot feasibly operate a flight regularly at an unscheduled time because the flight could not be marketed. Monitoring all operations would be an unnecessary use of air traffic resources.

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