Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) certification of commercial aircraft and its coordination with foreign aviation authorities, focusing on: (1) the benefits of common international certification standards and practices; (2) the development of such standards and practices; and (3) the relationships between authorities and manufacturers in the United States and Europe.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Transportation||To help ensure that the recent momentum in the harmonization effort results in the identification and resolution of regulatory differences and avoidance of duplication between FAA and JAA early in the aircraft certification process, the Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to develop specific mechanisms, such as joint teams, to coordinate certification activities with JAA and prevent unnecessary duplication and late interpretational differences in certifying a transport airplane design.||
Closed - Implemented
|Department of Transportation||When submitting the Department's proposal to Congress for rechartering the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC), the Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to report on: (1) the results achieved through ARAC; (2) the problems encountered during its implementation; (3) FAA actions taken to overcome the problems; (4) effect of ARAC on FAA/JAA harmonization activities; and (5) the impact of ARAC on the FAA rulemaking process.||
Closed - Not Implemented