Mike Preston's report card in Week 3

Peter DeFazio

FAA safety inspectors unable to make surprise inspections

U.S. safety inspectors are generally unable to conduct unannounced inspections of foreign repair stations where most airlines send their planes for major repair work, and sometimes must cancel inspections for lack of funds, according to a government watchdog.

Federal Aviation Administration inspectors are required to give countries where the repairs stations are located advance notice of their plans, and often notice to the repair stations and the country's aviation safety agency as well, according to a report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

While FAA inspectors complained that they've had to cancel inspections because of the agency's tight...