The title, Rotorcraft Directorate, can be misleading. The Rotorcraft Directorate is responsible for the FAA approval of the design and production of any civil aviation product in the Southwest Region. This includes airplanes, rotorcraft, powered-lift aircraft, engines, balloons, parts, etc.
Additionally, and the reason for the title, we are responsible for writing regulations and policies governing the design of rotorcraft and powered-lift aircraft, the standard application of these regulations and policies within the United States and the validation/FAA approval of foreign rotorcraft and powered-lift aircraft.
To accomplish these tasks we have the following offices. The individual office responsibilities presented are general and there may be some exceptions:
One of the resources made available to us to carry out the duties described above are designees and designated facilities that make approvals on our behalf. All of the offices, except the Rotorcraft Standards Staff, are responsible for the oversight and supervision of the designees and designated facilities.
The Rotorcraft Directorate offices, except 2 MIDOs, are located in the FAA Southwest Regional Office in Fort Worth, TX. We have one MIDO located in Oklahoma City, OK and one in San Antonio, TX.
The organization of the Rotorcraft Directorate is depicted in this organizational chart (PDF).
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