AVIATION SAFETY: FAA CAN BE MORE PROACTIVE IN PROMOTING AVIATION SAFETY. TESTIMONY

This is the statement of Kenneth M. Mead, Director, Transportation Issues, Resources, Community, and Economic Development Division, General Accounting Office, before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) efforts to ensure the safety of the flying public. The testimony focuses on three basic points: (1) The U.S. air transport system has achieved a high level of safety. Aviation accident rates in the U.S. are among the lowest in the world. However, the number of fatal accidents in 1994 has raised considerable concern about the safety of air travel. (2) As the regulator of the U.S. aviation system, FAA has a key role to play in promoting safety. There are significant targets of opportunity where FAA could enhance the margin of safety by being more proactive. (3) There are longstanding problems that not only handicap FAA's ability to administer its oversight responsibilities as effectively as possible but also inhibit its ability to more proactively promote safety.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00674246
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO/T-RCED-95-81
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1995 12:00AM