FAA and Industry are Advancing the Airline Safety Act, but Challenges Remain to Achieve Its Full Measure   [open pdf - 292KB]

"While FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] has implemented many elements of the Act, the Agency and industry have not yet achieved the full measure of the Act's intended safety enhancements. FAA has made considerable and important progress advancing voluntary safety programs, improving pilot rest requirements, and establishing better processes for managing safety risks. However, FAA has not provided sufficient management attention or assistance to smaller carriers for meeting new safety standards, or followed through on its commitment to help these carriers with safety program development and support. For example, only 12 percent of small carriers have flight data recording programs that monitor aircraft performance, compared to more than 90 percent of large carriers. Until FAA takes a more focused approach working with and assisting smaller carriers, the full safety benefits associated with these programs will not be realized. FAA faces significant challenges to fully implement the Act, such as meeting timelines for rulemaking efforts while balancing competing interests of stakeholders involved with controversial safety measures."

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Dept. of Transportation. Office of Inspector General, Audit Report No. AV-2013-037
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