U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx named 10 new members to the high-level board that advises the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Several new members have airline industry connections.
Remember the spate of sleeping controllers and the angst it all caused at 800 Independence Avenue and 1200 New Jersey Avenue?
The aviation industry is urging quick confirmation of Michael Huerta as FAA Administrator by the full U.S. Senate. Earlier this week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) rescinded a hold on the nomination of Huerta that he placed last summer. DeMint contended that Republicans shouldn’t appoint anyone as FAA Administrator until the Presidential election was decided. Huerta has served as acting FAA Administrator since Randy Babbitt resigned last December.
A Fairfax, Va. city judge yesterday threw out the drunk driving charge against former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, after the judge had viewed a video of the traffic stop. Babbitt resigned his post at the FAA last December 6, three days after the incident.
On Tuesday, President Obama nominated acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to lead the agency for a full five-year term. He was tapped as the acting chief in early December, after now-former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned in the wake of a drunk-driving arrest in Northern Virginia.
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.
Former airline captain and pilot’s union president J. Randy Babbitt resigned abruptly as FAA Administrator on December 6 in the wake of a drunk-driving arrest in Northern Virginia, just outside the Washington, D.C., Beltway.
Bedeviled by political gamesmanship and misfortune, it’s a wonder the FAA gets anything done—never mind accomplishing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). With the latest transition in FAA leadership, we’ve come full circle to the situation that prevailed when President George W. Bush left office three years ago, with an interim administrator and no reauthorization.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has resigned from the FAA in the wake of his arrest Saturday night in a northern Virginia suburb on a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI).
A small uproar in pilot forums and AOPA “safety” blogs greeted the criticism by some former FAA and NTSB experts of the American and United pilots’ decisions to land at DCA when the sole air traffic cont
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