Marion Blakey

February 26, 2008 - 6:09am

Shortly after a Senate confirmation hearing last month for acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell to take the job permanently, New Jersey’s two Democratic senators announced they were putting a “hold” on the Bush nomination.

A “hold” is an informal practice by which a senator informs the floor leader that he or she does not want a particular bill or other measure to reach the floor for consideration by the full body.

February 12, 2008 - 10:33am

Shortly after a Senate confirmation hearing last week for Robert Sturgell to become the next FAA Administrator, New Jersey’s two Democratic senators announced they were putting a “hold” on the Bush nomination. A hold is an informal practice by which a senator informs the floor leader that he or she does not want a particular bill or other measure to reach the floor for consideration. Sens.

February 7, 2008 - 5:59am

A Senate confirmation hearing on the nomination of acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell to become the next permanent head of the agency was postponed abruptly in the days before Christmas. Aides to the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee blamed Senate fatigue and the approaching holidays for the delay.

February 7, 2008 - 5:59am

A Senate confirmation hearing on the nomination of acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell to become the next permanent head of the agency was postponed abruptly in the days before Christmas. Aides to the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee blamed Senate fatigue and the approaching holidays for the delay.

February 5, 2008 - 5:28am

President Bush has appointed Douglas Lavin as FAA assistant administrator of the newly created Office of International Aviation, and Sharon Pinkerton as assistant administrator of the Office of Aviation Policy, Planning and Environment.

February 4, 2008 - 6:10am

With the major airlines toppling in all directions, and the opportunities there for young pilots diminishing rapidly, maybe thinking about a different career in aviation might be beneficial. If so, becoming an FAA air traffic controller could be worth investigating. Compared with wage scales young pilots may be more familiar with, controller pay is pretty attractive.

January 28, 2008 - 6:15am

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey chose a speech before the Washington Aero Club to announce a new project designed to bring more consistency among the various FAA regulation and certification offices.

January 21, 2008 - 11:19am

Even before Jane Garvey took the helm of the FAA nearly six years ago, she made the pilgrimage to Oshkosh for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual gathering at Wittman Regional Airport. That journey would continue throughout her five-year term, and it helped to win over many of her early skeptics.

January 21, 2008 - 5:35am

Once the ATC system began to recover from the 1981 Professional Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) strike and the demand for services once more began to rise, the FAA seized an opportunity to partner with the private sector for those badly needed services and created the Federal Contract Tower (FCT) program in an attempt to save bundles of cash and manpower.

January 15, 2008 - 6:32am

New FAA Administrator Marion Blakey apparently wants to continue the cooperative relationship with the nation’s air traffic controllers that was fostered by her predecessor.

 
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