Who is the Federal Aviation Administration? FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is an agency of the United States Department of Transportation and is the national aviation authority which regulates all civil aviation in the United States.

FAA’s major roles and responsibilities

Under the broad umbrella of safety and efficiency, we have several major roles:

  • Regulating civil aviation to promote safety
  • Encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology
  • Developing and operating a system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft
  • Researching and developing the National Airspace System and civil aeronautics
  • Developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation
  • Regulating U.S. commercial space transportation
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