Rick Cremer
(AVSIG Member)
08/22/17 07:49 PM
The FAA's New Flight Standards Service

Launching a More Agile and Efficient FAA Flight Services Service


This, according to the FAA;

"August 22 – The Federal Aviation Administration’s Flight Standards Service (AFS) plays a vital role in making the U.S. aviation system the world’s safest. But even the best can get better.

On August 20, AFS made organizational adjustments that will enable it to operate with greater accountability, better use of resources, and more readiness to adapt to change. The FAA expects the Flight Standards restructuring to yield benefits to both the agency and the U.S. aviation community. It will strengthen the organization’s ability to keep pace with changes in the aviation industry, increase the Service’s ability to derive maximum benefit from the fixed resources allocated to the agency, and make sure AFS employees develop and interpret regulations and policy consistently across the organization.

To enhance the AFS safety culture, interdependence, critical thinking, and consistency will now embedded in every AFS employee's work requirements. And to facilitate a more agile, efficient, and consistent organization, the service is reorganizing from today's structure, see current org chart (PDF), to one based on function, see new org chart.
The FAA issued an Information for Operators bulletin (PDF) (InFO) on July 26 to provide industry with information to help prepare for the AFS reorganization. The agency has also established a web page to give the aerospace community more detail on the AFS changes."

My favorite " make sure AFS employees develop and interpret regulations and policy consistently across the organization.

I remember talking about this back in the 1980s. 4000 inspectors and as many interpretations of the same regulation. #1 wrong interpretation "Flight and Duty Time regulations", #2 logging PIC time, #3 what the term "for hire" means.

Well, we'll see but I put this "organizational adjustment" in the same category as ATC privatization. Ain't gonna see it in our lifetime.


Rick Cremer
FAA Inspector (Ret.)
Former Avsig FAA Representative

Mark Kolber (TTA/NC)
(Public Guest)
08/24/17 05:40 AM
Re: The FAA's New Flight Standards Service

Are you getting any direct insight from your remaining FSDO contacts, Rick?

I've spoken with the Manager and FAASTeam PM at my local FSDO. Both said the restructure is mostly organizational. We (pilots, mechanics) will see the same locations and the same people. It's only the chain of command that will change.

My own suspicion is that the language you highlighted about consistency in applying the regs was a driving force. Kind of the same thing I think was a significant factor leading to the "Compliance Philosophy."

We'll see...

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