The General Aviation and Commercial Division is responsible for regulations and policy recommendations governing the training, certification, inspection, and surveillance of General Aviation (GA) airmen, flight instructors, GA air agencies (pilot schools), commercial operations (rotorcraft, external-load, agricultural, Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 125 operators, part 91, corporate, business, personal and recreational, part 91subpart K (part 91K) fractional ownership), and public aircraft operations.

The division is the focal point for the aviation community at the national level on matters pertaining to GA affairs and sport aviation (excluding light sport pilot designees). The division is also the FAA focal point for GA safety outreach and education through the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and the FAA Safety Briefing magazine. The division:

  • Develops and recommends national policies, standards, systems, procedures, and program plans to include international operation activities.
  • Determines the need for, justifies, and formulates new or amended regulations and supplementary regulatory material; participates in regulatory review programs; recommends grants or denials of exemptions; and develops applicable operations specification (OpSpecs) and other authorizations and waivers available in WebOPSS.
  • Advises AFS-1, the Associate Administrator, and other principal officials, and serves as a central point of contact for the public and the aviation community on matters appropriate to the national level.Participates in the analysis and evaluation of field execution of programs.
  • Determines the need for and recommends research and development (R&D) projects.
  • Guides and assists the other divisions, the regions, and other elements of the agency in the implementation and conduct of related programs, and provides guidance on applying agency policies, standards, and procedures pertaining to safety issues.
  • Develops, coordinates, and issues national directives to provide technical guidance on policies and procedures.
  • Recommends, initiates, and coordinates regulatory and policy actions to resolve safety problems resulting from accidents, incidents, or other sources.
  • Leads FAA efforts in GA safety outreach and education through direction of the FAASTeam. Further, AFS-800 coordinates with AFS-1 to ensure the AFS vision is exemplified and conveyed through the FAASTeam. The division is also responsible for ongoing coordination, (e.g., quarterly meetings with AFS-300 and annual meetings with the regional division managers), to ensure information sharing and alignment of the FAASTeam’s business plan and ongoing outreach efforts.
  • Provides direction and support to AFS-600 regarding AFS-800’s areas of responsibility, as they relate to defining and managing delegation programs, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Provides liaison between FAA and other offices for GA issues regarding airspace rules, air carrier interface, pilot certification, human factors, and other vital topics.
  • Facilitates and coordinates concerns of the aviation community to assure GA views are considered in air traffic rules and aviation safety regulatory actions.
  • Develops, coordinates, and recommends career development programs to ensure organizational competence for employees of this division.
  • Works with the GA Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), IHST, and U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) to develop data-supported risk-based mitigation strategies to reduce the GA accident rate.

Division Branches



The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are developing a Pilot Licensing Annex to the U.S. – EU Agreement on Cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety. The FAA is posting this advanced draft of the annex (PDF) for informational purposes and not seeking comments. Please contact Michael Brown by email or by phone at 734-487-7420 if further information is required.

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Washington, DC 20003

Mailing Address:
Federal Aviation Administration
General Aviation and Commercial Division, AFS-800
800 Independence Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, DC 20591

Phone: to (202) 267-1100
Fax: (202) 267-1078