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The Federal Aviation Administration oversees and regulates safety in the airline industry and the use of the National Airspace System in the United States by both military aircraft and civilian aircraft.


The first Administrator of the FAA was General Elwood Richard “Pete” Quesada, 1959–1961.

The Federal Aviation Agency was created by the passing of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958, an act of the United States Congress, (signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower), and was later renamed the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA replaced and eliminated its predecessor, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), and is a sub-agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The head of the FAA is the FAA Administrator.