Weak Processes Have Led to a Backlog of Flight Standards Certification Applications

Each year, hundreds of commercial air carriers, aircraft repair stations, pilot schools, and other entities apply to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for certificates authorizing them to operate in the National Airspace System (NAS). FAA’s Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) are responsible for reviewing and approving these new applications, in addition to their primary duty of maintaining the safety of existing operators and entities. In a May 2013 letter to our office, Congressman Cory Gardner expressed concerns that the Denver FSDO had been negligent in processing new certification applications for both commercial and agricultural aviation operations. Based on the concerns raised by Congressman Gardner, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a review of certifications at the Denver FSDO and examined whether similar issues existed at other FAA district offices and regions. The audit objectives were to (1) review the status of aviation certification applications at the Denver FSDO and nationwide and (2) identify the causes for certification delays at the Denver FSDO and determine their potential impact nationally.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01535760
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AV-2014-056
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 12 2014 4:21PM