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Flight Standards Service

The Flight Standards Service promotes safe air transportation by setting the standards for certification and oversight of airmen, air operators, air agencies, and designees. We also promote safety of flight of civil aircraft and air commerce by:

  • Accomplishing certification, inspection, surveillance, investigation, and enforcement
  • Setting regulations and standards
  • Managing the system for registration of civil aircraft and certification of airmen

The Service reorganized from a regionally (geographically) based organization to a functionally based organization and employs the Safety Management System (SMS) principles of safety assurance, safety standards, Safety Risk Management (SRM), and safety promotion.

The Service consists of four offices:

Key Officials

FS Organization Chart

Informational Links


Federal Aviation Administration
Flight Standards Service
Room 821
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20591
Phone: (202) 267-8237
Fax: (202) 267-5230


Last updated: Tuesday, December 07, 2021