FAA Needs to Implement More Efficient Performance-Based Navigation Procedures and Clarify the Role of Third Parties [open pdf - 266KB]
This Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report evaluated the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) third-party agreements. The audit's objectives were to (1) assess the extent to which FAA is relying on third parties to develop new procedures and (2) determine whether FAA has sufficient mechanisms and staffing to provide safety oversight of third parties' procedure development process. According to the audit, "FAA has clarified its role in developing new RNP procedures, stating that it will primarily rely on its own resources rather than third parties" and "has not fully established an oversight program for third parties, defined the staffing levels needed to oversee them, or finalized key guidance to industry on qualifications to become a third-party developer."
Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, Report No. AV-2011-025
United States Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General: http://www.oig.dot.gov/