Aircraft Certification Service (AIR)

The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) is part of the Office of Aviation Safety (AVS) and includes more than 1,300 engineers, scientists, inspectors, test pilots and other experts responsible for oversight of design, production, airworthiness certification, and continued airworthiness programs for all U.S. civil aviation products and foreign import products. AIR collaborates with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) to maintain and further the safety of the international air transportation system. Accountable to the American public and our stakeholders, AIR strives to reach the next level of safety, efficiency, environmental responsibility and global leadership. To learn more, see FAA Order 8100.5, Aircraft Certification Service – Organizational Structure and Functions.

The aviation system is rapidly changing, placing greater demands on its participants. It is more complex, more interconnected, and more reliant on new technologies. To respond to these drivers of change, a comprehensive transformation of the entire Aircraft Certification Safety System is needed to enable greater agility in adapting to the dynamic environment, while sustaining the FAA’s global leadership in the advancement of aviation safety. AIR Transformation will directly address the challenges posed by the changing environment in order to foster innovation, promote safety, and respond to stakeholder needs. To enable this Transformation, AIR is implementing a new, functionally aligned organizational structure.