Congress funds the FAA to issue, manage, and regulate pilot's licenses!
Pub. L. 104–264, title II, §271, Oct. 9, 1996, 110 Stat. 3238, provided that: "Congress finds the following:
"(1) The Administration [Federal Aviation Administration] is recognized throughout the world as a leader in aviation safety.
"(2) The Administration certifies aircraft, engines, propellers, and other manufactured parts.
"(3) The Administration certifies more than 650 training schools for pilots and nonpilots, more than 4,858 repair stations, and more than 193 maintenance schools.
"(4) The Administration certifies pilot examiners, who are then qualified to determine if a person has the skills necessary to become a pilot.
"(5) The Administration certifies more than 6,000 medical examiners, each of whom is then qualified to medically certify the qualifications of pilots and nonpilots.
"(6) The Administration certifies more than 470 airports, and provides a limited certification for another 205 airports. Other airports in the United States are also reviewed by the Administration.
"(7) The Administration each year performs more than 355,000 inspections.
"(8) The Administration issues more than 655,000 pilot's licenses and more than 560,000 nonpilot's licenses (including mechanics).
"(9) The Administration's certification means that the product meets world-wide recognized standards of safety and reliability.
"(10) The Administration's certification means aviation-related equipment and services meet world-wide recognized standards.
"(11) The Administration's certification is recognized by governments and businesses throughout the world and as such may be a valuable element for any company desiring to sell aviation-related products throughout the world.
"(12) The Administration's certification may constitute a valuable license, franchise, privilege or benefits for the holders.
"(13) The Administration also is a major purchaser of computers, radars, and other systems needed to run the air traffic control system. The Administration's design, acceptance, commissioning, or certification of such equipment enables the private sector to market those products around the world, and as such confers a benefit on the manufacturer.
"(14) The Administration provides extensive services to public use aircraft."