The Utilization of Research Tonya Henderson Business Research, MGT 480 Dr. Mike DeLong July 29, 2003 The agency in which I am employed is the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA is responsible for administering safety procedures for the National Transportation Safety Board. To implement procedures and ensure safety we do limited research that enables us to make general decisions concerning the public and travel safety. One of the FAA's highlighted programs is National Transportation Week.

During this exciting week, educational and informative events highlighting significant transportation achievements take place all over the country. The FAA encourages employees to take part in the activities planned, with particular emphasis on the Annual National Transportation Week Transportation & Travel Exposition. This conference is an excellent opportunity to hear first hand from Department of Transportation officials, transportation industry leaders and the defense transportation community on important issues such as surface and air reauthorization, the logistics story behind Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the future of the travel and transportation industry. Dedicated to ensuring a safe and efficient transportation system, the FAA has so much to celebrate and be proud of during National Transportation Week.

Civil aviation in the United States is by far and away the world's safest form of public transportation. Part of that outstanding track record comes from the 50 years of continuous improvement that have made General Aviation safe for those flying and those on the ground. Every pilot must undergo formal training using an FAA-approved curriculum at an FAA-certified and inspected flight school using FAA-inspected aircraft and FAA-certified flight instructors. The same is true for mechanics and all formal occupations in aviation. Pilots must pass several intermediate stage checks throughout their training, and no less than four different formal examinations before they can get their pilot's license (it's actually called a pilot certificate). All aircraft must undergo mandatory periodic maintenance and inspections every 50 hours, 100 hours, or annually.

The aircraft is taken into a hangar and literally taken apart, so that every component can be inspected and tested. Worn components are replaced and complete records are entered into the aircraft's logbooks. Only when everything is perfect, is the aircraft re certified for return to flight by an FAA-designated inspector. Research and experience in technology combine to promote improvements to the FAA and the procedures used to operate within the FAA. These refinements make operations safer and more efficient, while allowing more people and communities to benefit from aviation.

As you can see, by continued research the FAA has the responsibility and an obligation to provide safe and efficient air transportation. Word Count: 428.