Home Medical Factors Facing Pilots Aviation Stories Of Interest FAA Exam Aviation News Maintenance and Aircraft Mechanics General Aviation Helicopters
Aviation History Legal Issues In Aviation Links To Other Sites Editorials Hot Air Balloon Aviation Training Handbooks Read Online Upcoming Events Editorials


OIG Report, FAA Needs To Improve On Determining Number Of Safety Inspectors It Needs

July 1, 2013 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employs approximately 4,000 aviation safety inspectors and 40 analysts who play a key role in helping to maintain the United States’ remarkable air carrier safety record. 

Due in part to concerns raised after the 2009 Colgan Air accident, Congress directed the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) in the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010 to evaluate how FAA assigns inspectors to Part 121 air carriers, including assessing the number and experience levels of inspectors and analysts, and how inspectors use surveillance methods to supplement their regular inspections. 

OIG’s audit found that although the FAA introduced a new inspector staffing model in October 2009, the FAA has not fully relied on the model’s results to determine the number and placement of inspectors needed.  


This is due in part to continued concerns with the model’s incomplete, inaccurate, and outdated data. Without a reliable inspector staffing model, the FAA’s process for assessing the number of inspectors and analysts it needs does not differ significantly from prior ineffective methods.  

For example, inspector staffing processes vary by region, which can lead to subjective and inconsistent staffing decisions. Finally, the FAA supplements its regular inspections through its geographic surveillance program, a helpful oversight tool. However, OIG identified concerns with geographic inspector training and workload levels that may undermine the program’s success. 

OIG made seven recommendations to enhance the FAA’s inspector staffing model and geographic surveillance program; the FAA concurred with six and partially concurred with one. OIG is requesting additional information or a revised response for two recommendations (see report).


Other News Stories (For the latest news please checkout our home page)
blog comments powered by Disqus  
Home Aviation News Aviation Stories Of Interest FAA Exam Upcoming Events Links To Other Sites General Aviation Helicopters Medical Factors Facing Pilots
Maintenance and Aircraft Mechanics Hot Air Balloon Aviation Training Handbooks Read Online Aviation History Legal Issues In Aviation Sea Planes Editorials
 ©AvStop Online Magazine                                                                 Contact Us                                                  Return To News                                          Bookmark and Share  

AvStop Aviation News and Resource Online Magazine