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Flight Standards District Office

A flight standards district office (FSDO) is a local field office for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States. They deal with all things aviation, including large and small airplanes. Some of the issues they deal with most frequently include:

  • Aircraft accident reporting
  • Reports of low-flying large or small airplanes
  • Air carrier operations and certification
  • Aircraft operational problems
  • Aircraft repairs and maintenance
  • Aircraft and carrier permits
  • Licensing and certification for airmen (pilots, mechanics, repairmen, parachute riggers, and dispatchers)
  • Certification and modification issues and complaints
  • The enforcement of aircraft and airmen regulations

A Federal Aviation Administration Overview

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been around since 1967. It was put in place as a governing body used to regulate all aspects of civil aviation. Civil aviation can be divided into four different groups, all of which are regulated by the FAA. These four categories are:

  • Airports – The FAA is responsible for ensuring all airports in the U.S. are built and function within the federal regulations
  • Aviation Safety – The FAA provides safety certification and regulations to all aviation personnel, aircrafts, and airlines
  • Air Traffic Organization – The FAA plays a large role in ensuring all air traffic in the National Airspace System moves safely and efficiently
  • Commercial Space Transportation – The FAA is responsible for preserving U.S. assets during launches and re-entry of commercial space vessels