Have you ever thought about how airplanes manage to avoid each other in the sky? It might seem like there is plenty of room up there, but with up to 5,000 flights in the air over the U.S. at any given moment, the sky can be a very crowded place.Who are the people responsible for ensuring the safety of 64 million take-offs and landings in America every year? Where do they work and just how close can planes fly to each other without crashing? It's a complicated juggling act involving thousands of staff at hundreds of control centers keeping 87,000 flights and all of their passengers and crew, safe every day.The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is the government body responsible for your safety in the air and on the ground at airports. From the construction of safe airports, to pilot licensing, the FAA is in charge of every aspect of civil aviation including the people who direct the planes.
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