The General Accounting Office (GAO) was requested to determine the (1) benefits of common international certification standards and practices for aircraft, (2) effectiveness of efforts to produce such commonality, and (3) differences in the relationship between certification authorities and aircraft manufacturers in the United States and Europe. Briefly, GAO found the following: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), which coordinates European certification activities, initiated a joint effort in 1983 to produce commonality, but they have made little progress in eliminating the differences and duplication, in part because JAA did not have a consolidated standard until 1988. Problems also persist because eliminating them requires compromise and intrudes on each certification authority's independence. In June 1992 FAA and JAA issued a strategic plan in which they established specific time frames for eliminating regulatory differences. GAO believes that FAA must periodically monitor the progress made relative to the time frames established in the plan. The relationship between certifying authorities and aircraft manufacturers differs significantly in the United States and Europe. In February 1991 FAA created the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee to improve its rulemaking process. It is too early to determine whether the committee has met its objectives.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Public Works and Transportation, House of Representatives.
  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. General Accounting Office

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  • Publication Date: 1992-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00625246
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO/RCED-92-179
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 29 1993 12:00AM