ASQ - Aviation/Space and Defense Division

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the element of the U.S. government with primary responsibility for the safety of civil aviation. The FAA was originally designated the Federal Aviation Agency when established by the Federal Aviation Act of 1958. The present name was adopted in 1967 when the FAA became a component of the Department of Transportation. The FAA's major functions include: regulating civil aviation to promote safety and fulfill the requirements of national defense; encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology;
developing and operating a common system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft; research and development with respect to the National Airspace System and civil aeronautics; developing and implementing programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation; and regulating U.S. commercial space transportation.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
The aims and objectives of ICAO are to develop the principles and techniques of international air navigation and to foster the planning and development of international air transport so as to: a) ensure the safe and orderly growth of international civil aviation throughout the world; b) encourage the arts of aircraft design and operation for peaceful purposes; c) encourage the development of airways, airports, and air navigation facilities for international civil aviation; d) meet the needs of the peoples of the world for safe, regular, efficient and economical air transport; e) prevent economic waste caused by unreasonable competition; f) ensure that the rights of Contracting States are fully respected and that every Contracting State has a fair opportunity to operate international airlines; g) avoid discrimination between Contracting States; h) promote safety of flight in international air navigation; i) promote generally the development of all aspects of international civil aeronautics.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Since its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished many great scientific and technological feats in air and space. NASA technology also has been adapted for many non-aerospace uses by the private sector. NASA remains a leading force in scientific research and in stimulating public interest in aerospace exploration, as well as science and technology in general. Perhaps more importantly, our exploration of space has taught us to view the Earth, ourselves, and the universe in a new way. While the tremendous technical and scientific accomplishments of NASA demonstrate vividly that humans can achieve previously inconceivable feats, we also are humbled by the realization that Earth is just a tiny "blue marble" in the cosmos.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

U.S Department of Transportation (DOT)

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