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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) training of its aviation safety inspectors, focusing on whether: (1) operations inspectors received the recurrent flight training required to make pilot flight checks; (2) opportunities existed to more efficiently utilize the inspectors; and (3) airworthiness inspectors received the training they needed to perform maintenance inspections.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation 1. To improve the aviation safety inspector training program, the Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to reevaluate the roles and responsibilities of the operations inspectors and identify the number of operations inspectors that are needed to conduct flight checks and provide these inspectors flight training.
Closed - Implemented
Using the GAO report as a basis, FAA staffed a headquarters office responsible for overseeing regional office training.

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