The Federal Aviation Administration Can Improve the Operation of Its General Aviation District Offices

Gao ID: CED-81-114 June 29, 1981

Ways in which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can improve the operation of its general aviation district offices (GADO) were examined.

General aviation has continued to grow over the last decade while GADO staff levels have remained unchanged. FAA increased GADO staff and plans to increase productivity by using automation equipment. GAO could not determine if these measures will solve the staffing problem because FAA has not defined the extent of the problem. GAO reviewed the operation of nine GADO offices and found that FAA needed to: (1) better plan for and manage its workforce devoted to general aviation district offices; (2) better monitor private pilot training, licensing, and continued pilot proficiency; and (3) exercise stronger controls over the aircraft rental program. Finally, GAO concluded that the Accident Prevention Program, although effective, could be made even more effective through certain improvements and closer adherence to program directives.


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