FAA The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States is a national authority with powers to regulate all aspects of civil aviation. These include the construction and operation of airports, air traffic management, the certification of personnel and aircraft, and the protection of US assets during the launch or re-entry of commercial space vehicles.Major functionsThe FAA's roles include: Regulating U.S.

commercial space transportationRegulating air navigation facilities' geometric and flight inspection standardsEncouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technologyIssuing, suspending, or revoking pilot certificatesRegulating civil aviation to promote Transportation safety in the United States, especially through local offices called Flight Standards District OfficesDeveloping and operating a system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraftResearching and developing the National Airspace System and civil aeronauticsDeveloping and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviationOrganizationsThe FAA is divided into four "lines of business" . Each LOB has a specific role within the FAA. Airports — plans and develops projects involving airports, overseeing their construction and operations. Ensures compliance with federal regulations. Air Traffic Organization — primary duty is to safely and efficiently move air traffic within the National Airspace System. ATO employees manage air traffic facilities including Airport Traffic Control Towers and Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities . See also Airway Operational Support. Aviation Safety — Responsible for aeronautical certification of personnel and aircraft, including pilots, airlines, and mechanics. Commercial Space Transportation — ensures protection of U.S. assets during the launch or reentry of commercial space vehicles.

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