In an informal reader poll conducted on AINonline, readers chose Jack Pelton, the former CEO of Cessna Aircraft, by a margin of 46 percent (89 votes) to be the next FAA Administrator.
Coming in second was Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the US Airways captain who successfully ditched an Airbus A320 in the Hudson River, with 20 percent (39 votes) and in third place with 12 percent (22 votes) was Deborah Hersman, current chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
The also-rans included Tom Poberezny, former EAA president, 8 percent (16 votes); Michael Huerta, former Deputy and now acting FAA Administrator, following Randy Babbitt’s resignation as FAA Administrator, 8 percent (15 votes); Donald Trump, New York, businessman and former presidential candidate, four percent (7 votes); and Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of California, actor and bodybuilder, 3 percent (5 votes). Rush Limbaugh, radio talk-show host and conservative commentartor, recevied one write-in vote.
The current AINonline reader poll, asking the question “What is your current employment status as a business-aviation professional?” will close on Friday, February 24.