AVIATION SAFETY: FAA NEEDS TO MORE AGGRESSIVELY MANAGE ITS INSPECTION PROGRAM. STATEMENT OF KENNETH M. MEAD BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION, COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

This publication contains the testimony of Kenneth M. Mead, Director, Transportation Issues, Resources, Community, and Economic Development Division, General Accounting Office, on the management and oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of its inspection program. In summary, the following issues are addressed: (1) FAA has yet to sufficiently address several fundamental and deeply embedded problems in its airline inspection management and oversight. As a result, FAA still cannot provide sufficient assurance of airline safety and regulatory compliance. (2) FAA has taken positive steps, such as increasing the number of inspectors and developing guidance that defines requirements to ensure consistency of inspection by district offices. However, much more needs to be done. (3) FAA needs to act now to correct problems in its inspection program to increase the margin of safety before it is overtaken by newer challenges. Newer challenges FAA faces include aging aircraft, airline industry restructuring, globalization of the industry, oversight of foreign air carriers, and development of inspector skills to deal with new technology.

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  • Publication Date: 1992-2-6

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00620440
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO/T-RCED-92-25
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM