August 25, 2009 - 12:09pm

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt urged an audience gathered for last month’s Air Line Pilots Association Air Safety Forum to read the CVR transcripts from Colgan Air Flight 3407 as a lesson in how professionalism–or lack thereof–in the cockpit might influence the outcome of an emergency. Babbitt avoided projecting any conclusions of his own, but his speech centered on an unambiguous message to the veteran pilots in attendance.

June 30, 2009 - 6:09am

New FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has joined a diverse group of aviation industry organizations in calling for an acceleration of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

In a speech before the RTCA Symposium last month, Babbitt said NextGen is just not moving fast enough. “I want more, and I want more faster,” he said. “This Administration has been unequivocal in its statements that the status quo just won’t go.”