New Audit Announcements
Audit Initiated of FAA's Surface Surveillance Programs for Runway Safety
The Office of Inspector General plans to initiate an audit on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Surface Detection Equipment –Model X (ASDE-X) Program. ASDE-X provides detailed information to air traffic controllers on aircraft operations on runways and taxiways. While FAA has completed ASDE-X deployment at 35 major airports, the Agency has not yet fully integrated its use with other technology systems such as Runway Status Lights and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast to enable simultaneous alerts for controllers and pilots of potential ground collisions. Given the recent increase in severe runway incursions, FAA's progress in this area is important to increase situational awareness at airports. Our audit objective is to assess FAA’s progress in integrating ASDE-X with other surveillance technology systems designed to improve runway safety.