San Diego County Aviation Department

Find San Diego County California aviation departments, administrations, and agencies. Aviation departments provide information on civil and private aviation, airports, airlines, flights, regulations, safety, and jobs.


San Diego County Aviation 9225 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard San Diego CA 92123 858-505-6100


About San Diego County Aviation Departments

San Diego County Aviation Departments, also known as Aviation Bureaus, are charged with ensuring aviation safety, planning for sufficient airport capacity, and continuously modernizing and maintaining the integrated national aviation system in San Diego County, CA. Aviation Departments can be found at the federal level and in each of the fifty states, including California. Some San Diego County and local governments also have Aviation Departments. They are primarily responsible for managing and operating any San Diego County public airports in their jurisdiction if an airport authority has not yet been established.

You may contact the Aviation Bureau for questions about:
  • San Diego County aviation policies
  • Aviation and aircraft regulations
  • San Diego County airport data
  • FAA regulations
  • Aviation jobs and employment
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

The Federal Aviation Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is the national Aviation Department. The FAA promotes safety by regulating San Diego County civil aviation and by making assessments of foreign air carriers' adherence to international safety standards. The FAA operates the national air traffic control system and regulates pilot certification in the U.S. The FAA also manages the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS), which guides federal funding for capital investments in the national network of airports. This funding is distributed to eligible San Diego County airports through the FAA's Airport Investment Program (AIP).

California Aviation Department

Aviation Departments at the California State level are usually part of the CA Department of Transportation. The California Aviation Bureau is responsible for updating and maintaining a State Airport System Plan (SASP). These plans assess the current conditions of the airport system within California and identify the future needs of the system. California plans are incorporated into the FAA's NPIAS and help to determine how AIP funds are awarded. California may match AIP grants to supplement capital funding to individual San Diego County airports.

San Diego County Public Airport Safety

California Aviation Departments inspect and certify public use airports in San Diego County and manage the process of aircraft registration in California. State Aviation Departments provide educational and training programs for pilots, aircraft technicians, and aircraft inspectors. California Aviation Departments also maintain and operate a small number of state-owned aircraft. These aircraft are used for San Diego County emergency response, aerial mapping, and specialized services.