The FAA Aircraft Certification Service is the office responsible for:

  • Administering safety standards governing the design, production, and airworthiness of civil aeronautical products;
  • Overseeing design, production, and airworthiness certification programs to ensure compliance with prescribed safety standards;
  • Providing a safety performance management system to ensure continued operational safety of aircraft; and,
  • Working with aviation authorities, manufacturers, and other stakeholders to help them successfully improve the safety of the international air transportation system.

Aircraft Certification is organized into the Office of the Director and four divisions located at our Washington, DC Headquarters, and four geographic directorates. The Aircraft Certification Service headquarters offices and the directorates share responsibility for the design and production approval, airworthiness certification, and continued airworthiness programs of all U.S. civil aviation products.


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