This website contains links to all FAA guidance documents in effect. Guidance documents linking to this website lack the force and effect of law, unless expressly authorized by statute, regulation or incorporated into a contract. The FAA may not cite, use, or rely on any guidance that is not posted on this website, except to establish historical facts. The FAA follows DOT's Administrative Rulemaking, Guidance, and Enforcement Procedures for issuing guidance documents.
The FAA actively maintains its guidance materials on the databases provided below. However, in the event that specific guidance documents are not included on these databases, please refer to additional guidance organized by topic below.
- Advisory Circulars: The Advisory Circular (AC) system provides a single, uniform, agency-wide system that the FAA uses to deliver advisory material to FAA customers, industry, the aviation community, and the public. ACs cover a broad range of topics within the FAA. The FAA maintains all current and updated ACs in a single database.
- Orders and Notices: FAA orders and notices are issued by the FAA as guidance material for FAA personnel. While FAA personnel are the primary audience for orders/notices, the aviation industry may use orders/notices as reference and the general public may find particular orders/notices of interest. The FAA maintains all of its current and updated orders and notices on a single database.
- FAA Federal Register Notices: This link provides direct access to FAA guidance published in the Federal Register. The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
- Handbooks & Manuals: The FAA publishes versions of handbooks and manuals for beginners and aviation professionals. Publications are updated periodically to reflect new FAA regulations and technical developments.
- Airports Guidance Catalog: All airports-related guidance is contained on their catalog. The Office of Airports provides leadership in planning and developing a safe and efficient national airport system. The office has responsibility for all programs related to airport safety and inspections; standards for airport planning, engineering, construction, and operation; financial assistance programs including the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program; noise and other environmental matters; airport rates and charges; compliance with grant assurances; airport privatization; and many other issues.
- Regulations and Guidance Library (RGL): RGL contains aircraft certification regulatory, certification, and safety information documents. These guidance documents include (but are not limited to) Policy Statements, Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins, and TSOs.
- Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS): The Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) is a web-based repository of Flight Standards policy and guidance documents.
- Information for Operators (InFOs): An InFO contains valuable information for operators that should help them meet certain administrative, regulatory, or operational requirements with relatively low urgency or impact on safety. InFOs are maintained on a single database.
- Safety Alerts for Operators (SAFOs): A SAFO contains important safety information and may include recommended action. SAFO content should be especially valuable to air carriers in meeting their statutory duty to provide service with the highest possible degree of safety in the public interest. SAFOs are maintained on a single database.
- Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs): NOTAMs exist to help airmen access safety-critical information that identifies where flying is allowed, any issues with departure/arrival airports, and other crucial aviation information. NOTAMs are maintained and regularly updated on a single database.
- Frequently Asked Questions: The FAA maintains a database of Frequently Asked Questions, some of which provide guidance on a variety of aviation-related topics.
- FAA TV: The FAA maintains a searchable online repository of many of its agency-produced videos, some of which contain guidance.
The FAA is responsible for providing safe and efficient air navigation services. Air Traffic stakeholders are commercial and private aviation and the military. Air Traffic employees include controllers, technicians, engineers, and support personnel whose daily efforts keep aircraft moving safely through the nation's skies. Additional Air Traffic guidance includes:
- Aeronautical Information Services
- Air Traffic Organization Environmental Reviews
- Air Traffic Organization Plans and Publications (Manuals, Publications, Plans, Air Traffic Procedures Bulletins)
- FAA Contract Tower Program Guidance
- Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Documentation
- Slot Administration
Aviation Safety includes certification, production approval, and continued airworthiness of aircraft; and certification of pilots, mechanics, and others in safety-related positions. Additional Aviation Safety guidance is listed below.
- Aerospace Medicine Guidance
- Air Carrier and Air Agency Certification
- Aircraft Certification
- Aircraft Registration
- Designees and Delegations
- Flight Standards
- Airmen Certification
- Cabin Safety
- Flight Research and Analysis Group Technical Documents
- National Simulator Program. The National Simulator Program (NSP) Branch establishes standards for Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD) that are published in 14 CFR part 60 and perform FSTD qualification activities.
- Training & Testing
- Outdoor Laser Operations
Commercial Space Transportation is FAA's only space-related line of business. It manages its licensing and regulatory work as well as a variety of programs and initiatives to ensure the health and facilitate the growth of the U.S. commercial space transportation industry.
- Commercial Space Guidance
- Commercial Space Licensing Process
- Commercial Space Transportation Licenses
- Commercial Space Legislation & Policies
- Space Transportation Environmental Review
- Safety Approval Guidance & Checklists
This section includes additional guidance related to FAA environmental studies, research, and design.
- Aviation Environmental Design Tool
- Environment and Energy Research & Development
- Environmental Policy
- Environmental Standards, Market Based Measures & Policy Options
Office of the Chief Counsel
The Office of the Chief Counsel provides legal services to the FAA Administrator and all agency organizations worldwide. Legal interpretations and opinions are publicly available online, as well as other helpful guidance materials.
- Aircraft Registration Legal Opinions
- Civil Penalty Appeals
- Legal Interpretations Database
- Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition
Security and Hazardous Materials Safety
The FAA helps ensure aviation safety, supports national security, and promotes an efficient airspace system. This is accomplished through a variety of disciplines including: personnel security, physical and technical security, cyber security, interagency communications, intelligence and investigations, law enforcement support, and hazardous materials safety.
- Airmen DUI/DWI
- Hazardous Materials
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
The FAA has guidance available to operators and stakeholders regarding UAS operations, safety, regulation, and guidance. Additional UAS guidance is listed below.