Flight Standards District Office

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A Flight Standards District Office, or FSDO for short (pronounced: fIz-dƏƱ), is a locally affiliated field office of the United States Federal Aviation Administration.[1] There are 78 such offices nationwide as of November 2015 physically located in every state except four: Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. (Delaware served by Philadelphia[2])(Rhode Island served by Boston[3])(Vermont/New Hampshire served by Portland, ME[4]).


The Flight Standards District Offices serve as local representatives of the United States Federal Aviation Administration. Each office reports to one of nine Regional FAA offices[5] and perform a variety of compliance and enforcement actions. Such items include:[6]

  • Low-flying aircraft reporting
  • Accident Reporting
  • Air carrier certification and operations
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Aircraft operational issues
  • Aircraft permits
  • Airmen certification (licensing) for pilots, mechanics, repairmen, dispatchers, and parachute riggers
  • Certification and modification issues
  • Enforcement of Airmen & Aircraft Regulations