The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is established by law as the administrative and regulatory agency in charge of aviation and the National Transportation Air System. It has exclusive regulatory authority over aircraft in the air, pilot and aircraft certifications and operations. It also represents the United States at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which establishes, on an international basis, aviation standards and procedures that are adopted by treaties.

The FAA is headquartered in Washington DC and has nine regional offices.

FAA headquarters
800 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20591

Phone: 1-866 TELL FAA (866.835.322)

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FAA Office of Environment and Energy

The Office of Environment and Energy, Research & Development is one of the many sections within the FAA Headquarter. It is responsible for national aviation policies and strategies in the environment and energy arenas, including aviation aircraft noise and emissions research and policy, environmental policy. It develops, recommends, and coordinates national aviation policy relating to environmental and energy matters, which includes noise and emissions. It also works with NASA on emissions and noise reduction research.

FAA Office of Environment and Energy

Orville Wright Building

800 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20591

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FAA Department of Policy, International Affairs and Environment (ICAO)

ICAO is responsible for international standards and works with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on setting aircraft emissions standards. ICAO has three separate offices:

  • Office of Aviation Policy and Plans develops policies, goals and priorities, forecasts future aviation technology and demand and analyzes the economic impact of regulations.
  • Office of International Affairs provides leadership of the agency's international programs for harmonization of global standards, technical assistance, training and infrastructure planning.
  • Office of Environment and Energy develops, recommends, and coordinates national aviation policy relating to environmental and energy matters, which includes noise and emissions.


Federal Aviation Administration

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800 Independence Ave SW

Suite 1005

Washington, DC 20591

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FAA Western Pacific Region

Physical Address:

15000 Aviation Boulevard

Hawthorne, CA 90261

Mailing Address:

FAA Western Pacific Region

P.O. Box 92007

Los Angeles, CA 90009


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The FAA, in addition to be organized geographically, is also organized by function.

Flight Standards Service (AFSS)

Flight Standards Services, locally known as the Flight Standards District Office, is responsible for the enforcement of federal air regulations regarding the certification and operation of aircraft and aircraft operators, including the licensing of pilots and aviation operational safety. Flight Standards inspectors do spot checks on pilots, aircraft aviation services operators as well as investigate complaints and possible violations of flight procedures or requirements and/or unsafe operations of aircraft.

The Airports Division

The Airport Division is responsible for airports and the national air transportation system planning and safe and efficient development and operation. It oversees areas such as planning, grants and passenger facility charges, airport certification, airport safety, construction, environmental impact reviews, airport design and related rule making.

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The Air Traffic Services Division (ATS)

Air Traffic Services Division manages the national airspace, including air traffic control (towers, controllers, communications, and flight procedures).

Airway Facilities Services (AFS)

Airways Facilities Services is responsible for the infrastructure of the nation airspace management system, including radar and other tracking systems; communication, and ground based navigation aids.


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