Federal Aviation Administration
United States Government agency dedicated to civil aviation matters / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the largest transportation agency of the U.S. government and regulates all aspects of civil aviation in the country as well as over surrounding international waters.: 12, 16 Its powers include air traffic control, certification of personnel and aircraft, setting standards for airports, and protection of U.S. assets during the launch or re-entry of commercial space vehicles. Powers over neighboring international waters were delegated to the FAA by authority of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Headquarters of the FAA in Washington D.C.
|Formed||August 23, 1958; 64 years ago (1958-08-23)|
|Jurisdiction||U.S. federal government|
|Headquarters||Orville Wright Federal Building|
800 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, D.C., U.S. 20591
|Annual budget||US$15.956 billion (FY2010)|
|Parent agency||U.S. Department of Transportation|
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Created in August 1958 (1958-08), the FAA replaced the former Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) and later became an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation.