Aircraft acquisition program (1 - 10 of 51 items)
Next Generation Air Transportation System: FAA Faces Implementation Challenges
GAO-12-1011T: Published: Sep 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2012.
Delivering and demonstrating the Next Generation Air Transportation System's (NextGen) benefits: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must deliver capabilities that provide aircraft operators with a return on their investments in NextGen avionics to convince operators to continue making equipment investments. However, operators have expressed concerns that FAA has not produced the navigationa...
Aviation Security: 9/11 Anniversary Observations on TSA's Progress and Challenges in Strengthening Aviation Security
GAO-12-1024T: Published: Sep 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2012.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has taken actions to validate the science underlying its behavior-based passenger screening program, the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, program, but more work remains. GAO reported in May 2010 that (1) TSA deployed SPOT before first determining whether there was a scientifically valid basis for using behavior and appeara...
Next Generation Air Transportation System: FAA Has Made Some Progress in Implementation, but Delays Threaten to Impact Costs and Benefits
GAO-12-141T: Published: Oct 5, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 2011.
This testimony discusses the current progress toward implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). NextGen will impact nearly every aspect of air transportation and will transform the way in which the air transportation system operates today. It will do so, in part, by (1) using satellite-based surveillance as opposed to ground-based radars, (2) using performance-based navi...
Joint Strike Fighter: Restructuring Places Program on Firmer Footing, but Progress Is Still Lagging
GAO-11-677T: Published: May 19, 2011. Publicly Released: May 19, 2011.
The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), is the Department of Defense's (DOD) most costly and ambitious aircraft acquisition, seeking to simultaneously develop and field three aircraft variants for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and eight international partners. The JSF is critical for recapitalizing tactical air forces and will require a long-term commitment to ver...
Integration of Current Implementation Efforts with Long-term Planning for the Next Generation Air Transportation System
GAO-11-132R: Published: Nov 22, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2010.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the lead implementer and planner for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)--an ambitious, multiyear, multibillion-dollar overhaul of systems, procedures, aircraft performance capabilities, and supporting infrastructure that will create an air transportation system that uses satellite-based surveillance and navigation and network-centri...
Joint Strike Fighter: Significant Challenges Remain as DOD Restructures Program
GAO-10-520T: Published: Mar 11, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2010.
This testimony discusses our work on the F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The JSF is the Department of Defense's (DOD) most costly and ambitious aircraft acquisition. DOD is seeking to simultaneously develop and field three aircraft variants for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and eight international partners. The JSF program is to provide critical replacement ai...
Next Generation Air Transportation System: FAA Faces Challenges in Responding to Task Force Recommendations
GAO-10-188T: Published: Oct 28, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2009.
On September 9, 2009, the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Midterm Implementation Task Force (Task Force) issued its final report and recommendations. The Task Force was to reach a consensus on the operational improvements to the air transportation system that should be implemented between now and 2018. Its recommendations call for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to de...
V-22 Osprey Aircraft: Assessments Needed to Address Operational and Cost Concerns to Define Future Investments
GAO-09-692T: Published: Jun 23, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2009.
Since the 1980s, the V-22, developed to transport combat troops, supplies, and equipment for the U.S. Marine Corps and to support other services' operations, has experienced several fatal crashes, demonstrated various deficiencies, and faced virtual cancellation--much of which it has overcome. Although recently deployed in Iraq and regarded favorably, it has not performed the full range of mission...
Responses to Questions for the Record: March 18, 2009, Hearing on ATC Modernization: Near-Term Achievable Goals
GAO-09-718R: Published: May 20, 2009. Publicly Released: May 20, 2009.
This letter responds to a congressional request that we address questions submitted for the record related to the March 18, 2009, hearing entitled ATC Modernization: Near-Term Achievable Goals. Our attached responses to these questions are based on a review of literature on avionics and equipage incentives, interviews with Federal Aviation Administration officials, interviews with stakeholders and...
Aviation Security: Preliminary Observations on TSA's Progress and Challenges in Meeting the Statutory Mandate for Screening Air Cargo on Passenger Aircraft
GAO-09-422T: Published: Mar 18, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2009.
The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 mandates the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a system to physically screen 50 percent of cargo transported on passenger aircraft by February 2009 and 100 percent of such cargo by August 2010. This testimony provides preliminary observations on the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) progress in meetin...