Flight Standards Service Terminology

Hi, folks -

We’ve received quite a few questions about the nomenclature everyone should be using to talk about our new structure. I addressed some of these issues in the October Monthly Message, but below is an expanded guide to Flight Standards Service terminology.

Thanks for the great work -

Best,
John Duncan

 

Proposed Summary of Intent:

Words are the tools we use to think, and how we think drives how we act. Using the right nomenclature for our new functional structure and its constituent parts reinforces and supports the critical cultural changes we continue to make in order to function as an interdependent team.

Flight Standards Service

  • The nomenclature for the overarching organization is “Flight Standards Service.”
    • The acceptable short forms are “Flight Standards” or “the Service.”
    • The acceptable abbreviation is “FS.”

 

Flight Standards Functional Offices

  • Use the name of the functional office(s) in policy, correspondence, training, and any other formal documents, as well as in verbal communication.
    • Acceptable short forms include Standards, General Aviation, Air Carrier, and Business.
    • Acceptable abbreviations include SS, GA, AC, and FB.

 

Constituent Organizations (e.g., Divisions, Frontline Offices)

  • Use the name of the division(s) and/or office(s) in policy, correspondence, training, and any other formal documents, as well as in verbal communication.
  • Frontline offices (e.g., Flight Standards District Offices, Certificate Management Offices, Aircraft Evaluation Groups, and International Field Offices) retain their legacy names.
    • Legacy abbreviations (e.g., “FSDO,” CMO,” “AEG,” “IFO”) are acceptable.
  • Aircraft Evaluation Groups have been renamed based on their area of specialty. Short forms are:
    • Small Aircraft AEG
    • Propulsion and APU AEG
    • Transport Aircraft Seattle AEG
    • Transport Aircraft Long Beach AEG
    • Rotorcraft & Powered Lift AEG

 

Universal Norms for Nomenclature

  • Use the actual name of the organization in policy, correspondence, training, and any other formal documents, as well as in verbal communication.
    • As necessary, use "the appropriate Flight Standards Office." This practice is not intended to create generic offices; rather, it is to prevent having to make another rule change if we were to develop another kind of office.  
  • Limit use of organizational routing codes to coordination grids. Internal routing codes should never be used in written or verbal external communications, including e-mail.
  • Location-reference terms such as “headquarters,” “field,” and “remotely sited inspector” are inaccurate. As appropriate, use “standards” or, for the Air Carrier and/or GA functional offices, “safety assurance.” Regardless of physical proximity to their assigned units, all inspectors are “Aviation Safety Inspectors” or ASIs.

 

 

 

Legacy

New

Term

Flight Standards Service

Flight Standards Service

Short Form

AFS

Flight Standards

The Service

Abbreviation

AFS

FS

 

 

Legacy

New (Functional Offices)

Term

NA

Safety Standards

Air Carrier Safety Assurance

General Aviation Safety Assurance

Foundational Business

Short Form

NA

Standards, Air Carrier, General Aviation, Business

Abbreviation

NA

SS, AC, GA, FB

 

 

 

Legacy

New (Functional Offices)

Term

e.g., AFS-200

Air Transportation

Short Form

e.g., AFS-200

NA

Abbreviation

e.g., AFS-200

NA

 

 

 

Legacy

New (Functional Offices)

Term

Flight Standards District Office

 

Certificate Management Office

 

Aircraft Evaluation Group

 

International Field Office

No change

Short Form

FSDO, CMO, AEG, IFO

No change

Abbreviation

FSDO, CMO, AEG, IFO

No change

 

 

Legacy

New (Functional Offices)

Headquarters

NA

Policy Divisions

Safety Standards

Field

Safety Assurance

(AC and/or GA)

Remotely-Sited Inspector (RSI)

Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI)