Certification of aircraft by the FAA ensures that commercial and general aviation aircraft meet the highest safety standards, from initial design to retirement. This page outlines the aircraft certification processes, lists important aircraft safety information, and provides guidance on general aviation aircraft.

Registration & Certification

  • Aircraft Registration
  • Airworthiness Certification
  • Design Approvals
  • Flight Standards District Offices

Advisories & Guidance

  • Aircraft Safety
  • Aircraft Safety Alerts
  • Airworthiness Directives (ADs)
  • Aviation Maintenance Alerts

Regulations & Policies

  • Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)
  • Advisory Circulars (ACs)
  • Inspection & Oversight
  • Safety Assurance System (SAS)

Repair Stations

  • Application
  • Repair Station Certificate
  • Find a Repair Station
  • Safety Assurance System

Technical Information

  • Master Minimum Equipment List
  • Parts Manufacturer Approval
  • Technical Standard Orders
  • Type Certificate Data Sheets

Recreational Aircraft

  • Light Sport Aircraft
  • Ultralights
  • Amateur Built Aircraft
  • Rulemaking Committee  Report
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