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.
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.
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).
The news that FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Saturday (December 3) raises some interesting questions.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says convincing operators to equip their aircraft for NextGen is a big issue, which is one of the reasons why the NextGen Advisory Committee has a lot of industry representation on it, including NBAA and AOPA.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has been in the hustings recently pumping NextGen and long-term FAA reauthorization. In several instances, he has broached the two topics in the same speeches.
The fallout from what began with a single air traffic controller falling asleep on an overnight shift at Washington Reagan National Airport on March 23 continued to cascade late last month when the FAA unilaterally ended a practice whereby controllers voluntarily worked grueling shifts to accrue long weekends.
Hank Krakowski, head of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO), resigned today amid the fallout of not one but two incidents in as many weeks where the sole controller on duty at a tower late at night fell asleep. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt accepted his resignation.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, TSA Administrator John Pistole, Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue joined NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen for the official welcoming ceremonies of the 2010 NBAA Convention Tuesday morning.
It would have been impossible to open the 62nd NBAA Convention without squaring off with the 500-pound economic gorilla in the room. NBAA president Ed Bolen didn’t mince words: “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been quite a year.”
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