Skip to page content

General Aviation and Commercial Division

General Aviation Operations Branch

The General Aviation Operations Branch is responsible for policy and regulatory development related to the GA operational aspects of part 91 (except for air traffic and aircraft maintenance rules) as pertaining to amateur-built/recreational/personal operations aircraft, aerobatic practice areas air shows and aviation events (including airshows, balloon events, air races, parachute demonstrations, aerobatic contests and fly-overs), civil operations of surplus military aircraft, and operations under 14 CFR parts 103 and 105. This branch also provides guidance and regulatory support for parts 101, 103, 105, and 91. The branch:

  • Ensures the initiation of appropriate corrective actions concerning the FAA’s regulations/policies, procedures, standards, and operating practices as a result of reviewing investigations and hearings resulting from applicable GA accidents, incidents, and violations.
  • Provides technical advice and oversight of air shows and other aviation events.
  • Analyzes applicable NTSB Safety Recommendations and prepares required responses on its findings following an accident investigation.
  • Responds to applicable FAA Safety Recommendations from field offices and takes proper action.
  • Advises the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety (AVS), Flight Standards Service, and General Aviation & Commercial Division management on matters pertaining to the National Aviation Event Program and aviation events. In addition to advisement responsibilities, the branch is responsible for establishing rules, technical guidance, policies, and approvals on national air show matters, aviation events, and aerobatic practice areas.
  • Drafts and reviews applicable chapters of the current edition of Order 8900.1 for parts 91 (except for air traffic and aircraft maintenance rules), 103, and 105.
  • Coordinates with ATO (AJV) as necessary regarding risk mitigation for part 101 operations.
  • Liaison with the TSA, DOJ, and other agencies on applicable security issues.
  • Provides guidance and regulatory support for issues related to vintage aircraft, public aircraft operations, and amateur-built (including light-sport aircraft (LSA)).
  • Manages the development of amateur-built aircraft operations policy.
  • Maintains continuing liaison with Regulatory Support Division, and industry and FAA segments involved with amateur-built aircraft operational standardization issues.
  • Provides technical assistance to FAA elements on matters related to these programs.
  • Provides public information seminars as necessary in order to ensure compliance with amateur-built aircraft regulatory limitations.
  • Develops policy and regulations for the operations of experimental aircraft, to include former military aircraft and amateur-built aircraft.
  • Participates on the FOEB and FSB.
  • Manages the development of light sport operations policy.
  • Maintains continuing liaison with Aircraft Maintenance Division, the Aircraft Certification Service Production and Airworthiness Division, and industry and FAA segments involved with experimental aircraft operational standardization issues.


Regulatory Areas of Responsibility

  • Part 91 Operations
  • Part 101 Operations
  • Part 103 Operations
  • Part 105 Operations


55 M Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003

Mailing Address

Federal Aviation Administration
General Aviation Operations Branch
800 Independence Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, DC 20591

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

Page last modified:

This page was originally published at: