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What is the FAA?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is a U.S. government agency that regulates all aviation aspects in the United States.

The FAA is a part of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Their headquarters is located in Washington, DC.

The FAA also provides important information, regulations, and reference materials for all types of aviation student i.e. pilots, ATC, mechanics, etc., to include:

  • Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM)

  • Advisory Circulars (ACs)

  • Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs)

  • FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam)

Field Offices:

Under the FAA there are smaller field offices.

  • FSDO - Flight Standards District Office is a local field office of the FAA. Also called the FSDO, they deal with all types of aircraft, large and small and all things aviation. Some examples of what the FSDO does:

  • Reports of low flying aircraft

  • Licensing and certification for pilots, mechanics, repairmen, parachute riggers, and dispatchers.

  • Aircraft repairs and maintenance

  • Air carrier operations and certifications

  • FSS - Flight Standards Service promotes safe transportation by setting standards for airmen, air operators, surveillance, setting regulations, and airmen records.


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