Audit Initiated of FAA's Efforts to Streamline Its Processes for Implementing New Performance-Based Flight Procedures
The Office of Inspector General plans to initiate an audit on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) progress in implementing Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) procedures, including the NAV Lean Project (which is aimed at improving FAA’s review process for these procedures). PBN procedures are key building blocks for the Next Generation Air Transportation System and can provide significant near-term benefits such as more direct flight paths, improved airport arrival rates, greater fuel savings, and reduced aircraft noise. We are conducting our review at the request of the Chairmen of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Aviation. Our audit objectives are to assess: (1) FAA’s progress in providing high-value PBN routes and procedures; and (2) the degree to which the NAV Lean Project meets demand for improved review processes.