Groups Available at the FAA Safety Center
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Flight Standards Service - Flight Standards promotes system safety by administering regulations and standards for airmen, air carriers, and air agencies in the areas of certification, surveillance, inspection, investigation, and enforcement. The group also promotes educational outreach efforts as a means of accident and incident prevention.
FAA Safety Team The FAASTeam's mission is to improve the nation's aviation safety record by communicating safety principles and practices through training, outreach, and education. At the same time, FAASTeam managers and program managers establish meaningful aviation industry alliances and encourage the continual growth of a positive safety culture within the aviation community.
Aircraft Certification Service This group assists with aircraft registration and airworthiness certification; design approval and certificate management; U.S. production approvals; engineering and analysis questions; investigating and reporting aircraft accidents, incidents, and service difficulties; and the oversight of Designated Engineering Representatives (DER).
Civil Aviation Registry This group is responsible for developing, maintaining, and operating national programs for the registration of United States civil aircraft and the certification of airmen.
Light Sport Aviation - The FAA's Light Sport Aviation Branch manages and provides oversight of the sport pilot examiner and the light sport aircraft repairman training programs. The branch also provides subject matter experts for the FAA and the aviation industry concerning sport pilot/light sport aircraft safety initiatives.
Aerospace Medicine - The Office of Aerospace Medicine is responsible for a broad range of medical programs and services to the pilot community, including aerospace medical education, aerospace medical and human factors research, aviation industry drug and alcohol testing, employee health awareness programs, and pilot medical certification.
Runway Safety - The Runway Safety office aims to improve runway safety in the U.S. by decreasing the number and severity of surface incidents and runway incursions by collaborating with key FAA departments and many stakeholders in the aviation community. Partners include aircraft operators, pilots, airport managers and industry groups. The office also tracks the frequency and severity of runway incursions on a national level to determine the working status of the system, while looking for specific cause and effect relationships.
Air Traffic terminal operations This group manages all airport control tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities across the United States.
Air Traffic en route operations This group manages the FAA's 22 high altitude Air Route Traffic Control Centers nationwide.
Air Traffic Systems Operations This group is responsible for overall national guidance for the air traffic flow management, airspace management and aeronautical information management, as well as the delivery of safe, secure, and efficient air traffic management and flight services for the National Airspace System (NAS).
Air Traffic Technical Operations "Tech. Ops." supports efficient flight services through responsive and cost effective maintenance of NAS facilities, systems, and equipment. The group includes more than 9,000 engineers and technicians maintaining more than 41,000 pieces of radar, nav-aid and computer equipment.
FAA Airports Division This division of the FAA is responsible for oversight of airport safety and compliance; airport engineering, design, and construction; and environmental programs. It also manages grant distribution through the Airport Improvement Program and oversight of the Passenger Facility Charge program.
Airport and Aircraft Safety R&D Group / Advanced Technology Development & Prototyping Group These two exhibits include representatives from the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center, which is the world's premier research, development, test, and evaluation facility for aviation. The Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ, serves as the national scientific test base for the FAA and its programs involve research into air traffic control, communications, navigation, airports, aircraft safety, and security. They also include long-range development of innovative aviation systems and concepts such as NextGen, the development of new air traffic control equipment and software, and the modification of existing systems and procedures.
Office of the Chief Counsel - The FAA Office of the Chief Counsel supports the Agency's mission by providing legal services in the areas of aviation enforcement and compliance, airports and environmental law, alternative dispute resolution, aviation regulations, and legal policy.
DUI/DWI Compliance & Investigations This office investigates any alleged criminal activity by airmen and other FAA certificate holders and keeps records on any alcohol-related convictions or administrative actions referring to motor vehicle actions.
Security & Hazardous Materials Division The FAA's Office of Hazardous Materials increases safety in the air transportation system by preventing hazardous materials accidents and incidents aboard aircraft. More than 100 special agents are dedicated to enforcement and educational outreach, and to ensuring compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
Commercial Space Transportation The FAA's mission is to ensure protection of the public, of property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial space launch and reentry activities, and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation.
Office of Communications (public web site) This office manages the FAA's public web site and determines what type of online information can be the most useful for pilots and mechanics.
Human Resources (Recruitment) The FAA operates the largest aviation system in the world and we are looking for employees to help us maintain our place as the world leader in aviation. Career opportunities at FAA include air traffic controllers, engineering specialists, electronics technicians, aviation safety inspectors, and computer specialists.
FAA Information Services This office manages the agency's information technology (IT) enterprise, including its applications and infrastructure.
Historic N34 aircraft Parked nearby the FAA Safety Center, this beautifully restored aircraft was the last DC-3 to be part of the FAA's flight inspection fleet. Built in 1945 for the U.S. Navy, the plane was transferred to the FAA in 1963 and reconfigured to help check the accuracy of navigational aids at airports across the country. It was a workhorse in the FAA's fleet until 1985. Visitors not only can see the pristinely restored outside of the DC-3, but can also walk inside the plane.