Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) monitoring of U.S.-registered aircraft, focusing on whether: (1) FAA inspects U.S.-registered aircraft operated overseas by foreign air carriers, as an international agreement requires; (2) there is a FAA system to verify that 60 percent of the U.S.-registered aircraft's flight hours are conducted in the United States, as required; and (3) FAA has adjusted registration fees for all U.S.-registered aircraft in response to legislative requirements.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Transportation||1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to require owners of U.S.-registered aircraft to notify FAA when they change from a foreign to a U.S. lessee and identify the parties involved, and inspect these aircraft when they enter the United States, particularly if they are from countries that do not meet international safety standards.|
|Department of Transportation||2. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to develop a system to ensure that foreign corporations' U.S.-registered aircraft accumulate at least 60 percent of flight hours in the United States, institute procedures to prevent foreign corporations from re-registering aircraft when they do not comply, and take such enforcement action as suspending or revoking the aircraft's registration or withdrawing the carrier's authority to operate in the United States for those that do not comply.|
|Department of Transportation||3. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to accelerate implementation of the proposed rules for increasing aircraft registration fees.|