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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is established by law as the administrative and regulatory agency in charge of aviation and the National Transportation Air System. It has exclusive regulatory authority over aircraft in the air, pilot and aircraft certifications and operations. It also represents the United States at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which establishes, on an international basis, aviation standards and procedures that are adopted by treaties.

The FAA is headquarter in Washington DC and has nine regional offices.

FAA headquarters
Physical/Mailing Address
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20591

Main Phone Line
Phone: 1-866. TELL FAA (866.835.322)

Website: http://www.faa.gov
About the FAA webpage: http://www.faa.gov/aboutfaa/Headquarters.cfm

FAA Office of Environment and Energy
The Office of Environment and Energy is one of the many sections within the FAA Headquarter. It is responsible for national aviation policies and strategies in the environment and energy arenas, including aviation aircraft noise and emissions research and policy, environmental policy. It develops, recommends, and coordinates national aviation policy relating to environmental and energy matters, which includes noise and emissions. It also works with NASA on emissions and noise reduction research, ICAO on international standards and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on setting aircraft emissions standards.

Physical/Mailing Address
FAA Office of Environment and Energy
Orville Wright Building
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20591

Website:  http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/aep/emissions_noise/

Santa Monica and Santa Monica Airport are in the FAA’s Western-Pacific Region.

FAA Western Pacific Region
Physical Address
15000 Aviation Boulevard
Hawthorne, CA 90261

Mailing Address
FAA Western Pacific Region
P.O. Box 92007
Los Angeles, CA 90009

Website http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/arc/ro_center/index.cfm?file_name=contact_us_western_pacific 

The FAA, in addition to be organized geographically, is also organized by function.

Flight Standards Service (AFSS)
Flight Standards Services locally know as the Flight Standards District Office is responsible for the enforcement of federal Air Regulations regarding the certification and operation of aircraft and aircraft operators, including the licensing of pilots and aviation operational safety. Flight Standard inspectors do spot checks on pilots, aircraft aviation services operators as well as investigate complaints and possible violations of flight procedures or requirements and/or unsafe operations of aircraft.

The Los Angeles Flight Standards District Office (LAX FSDO) is responsible for handling complaints, concerns and inquiries from the general public about aircraft operations in the Southern California region, including around Santa Monica Airport.

Los Angeles Flight Standads District Office will relocate to the Western Pacific Regional Office commencing July 2, 2012

Physical Address:                                                     
Federal Aviation Administration                                
Western Pacific Regional Office
Los Angeles FSDO                                                     
15000 Aviation Boulevard                                           
Lawndale, CA  90261

Mailing Address:
Federal Aviation Administration
Western Pacific Regional Office
Los Angeles Flight Standards District Office, WP-23
P.O. Box 92007
Los Angeles, CA  90009                                                   

Main Phone Line   (310) 725.6600

Webpage: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/lax/

The Airports Division
The Airport Division is responsible for airports and the national air transportation system planning and safe and efficient development and operation. It oversees areas such as planning, grants and passenger facility charges, airport certification, airport safety, construction, environmental impact reviews, airport design and related rule making.

Website: http://www.faa.gov/arp/awp/index.cfm?nav=awp

The Air Traffic Services Division (ATS)
Air Traffic Services Division deals with the management of the national airspace, including air traffic control (towers, controllers, communications, and flight procedures). It is responsible for air traffic control including landing and departures at Santa Monica Airport.

Webpage: http://www.faa.gov/ats/aboutus.htm

Airway Facilities Services (AFS)
Airways Facilities Services is responsible for the infrastructure of the nation airspace management system, including radar and other tracking systems, communication, and ground based navigation aids.