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Civil Aeronautics Act

On June 23, President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 into law. The act transfers federal responsibilities for non-military aviation from the Bureau of Air Commerce to a new, independent agency, the Civil Aeronautics Authority. The new organization includes the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA). The CAB is responsible for issuing and overseeing aircraft and pilot certification and suspension, and the CAA is responsible for air traffic control, safety programs, and airway development.

Item Date: 
Saturday, January 1, 1938
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