The FAA is part of the Department of Transportation and is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. The activities of the FAA include:
The FAA provides the framework for a safe, secure, and efficient aviation system. As a leading authority in the international aviation community, the agency is responsive to the dynamic nature of customer needs, economic conditions, and environmental concerns. The FAA encourages and supports innovative research to improve airport and aviation safety, improve aviation capacity, and reduce environmental impact.