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Office of General Aviation Safety Assurance (GASA)

Executive Leadership:

  • Robert Ruiz
    Director, Office of General Aviation Safety Assurance
  • Hardie DeGuzman
    Deputy Director, Office of General Aviation Safety Assurance
  • Thomas Winston
    Deputy Director, Office of General Aviation Safety Assurance

The Office of General Aviation Safety Assurance represents one of two offices that constitute the safety assurance component of the FAA Flight Standards Service Safety Management System (SMS).

The office is comprised of 78 Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) which are functionally aligned under eight Divisions. The FSDO’s are primarily responsible for the certification, surveillance, and certificate management of all air carriers, air operators, airmen, and air agencies in the following Federal Regulations: 14 CFR Parts 43, 61, 65, 91, 125,133, 135, 137, 141,142, 145, 147, 183, and other areas. The FSDOs are not involved in Part 121 air carriers.

This office is responsible for effectively utilizing risk based decision making (RBDM) processes to ensure consistent outcomes for internal and external stakeholders. These outcomes are rooted in federal regulations, FAA policies, and organizational standards to attain the highest levels of aviation safety.

Contact the local FSDO for:

  • Low-flying aircraft
  • Accident Reporting
  • Air carrier certification and operations
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Aircraft operational issues
  • Aircraft permits
  • Airmen certification (licensing) for pilots, mechanics, repairmen, dispatchers, and parachute riggers
  • Certification and modification issues
  • Enforcement of Airmen & Aircraft Regulations
  • Illegal Charters

Contact GASA

GASA Organizational Chart (PDF)

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General Aviation Safety Assurance Division

  • Kenneth Bryant, Acting Division Manager
  • Victor Goodell, Division Manager
  • Karen Gattis, Division Manager
  • Angelina Mack, Division Manager
  • Patrick MacQuarrie, Acting Division Manager
  • Mark Kramer, Division Manager
  • Jerald Eichelberger, Division Manager
  • William “Mike” Bossert, Division Manager

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