The top official in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called on the nation to “acknowledge, recognize and deal with the conflicts between us all on the issues of general aviation and corporate aviation.”
Robert A. Sturgell
Former Air Line Pilots Association president Randy Babbitt was confirmed for a five-year term as FAA Administrator on May 21, taking the reins from acting FAA Administrator Lynn Osmus. She had replaced acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell, who resigned January 16 after failing to win Senate confirmation to become permanent Administrator. Babbitt hit the ground running, backing pilot training reforms and new fatigue rules.
Since Hank Krakowski became COO of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization in October 2007, he has focused his attention on making the ATC system more efficient.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said during a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Annual Aviation Summit on April 29 that he is open to discussions to include aviation in the Obama Administration’s proposal to create a multibillion-dollar transportation infrastructure bank, but claimed that he had not been approached with the idea.
Long-time veteran FAA executive Lynn Osmus has been named acting FAA Administrator, replacing acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell, who resigned January 16 after failing to win Senate confirmation to become the agency’s permanent administrator for five years.
Current acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell announced on Tuesday that Lynne Osmus will become acting FAA Administrator when he departs the agency on Friday next week. The announcement came one day after Osmus was named acting Deputy Administrator by the outgoing Bush Administration. She is currently the FAA Assistant Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials, a position she has held since July 2003.
Federal and local officials broke ground early last month for a new Air Traffic Control System Command Center colocated with the FAA’s Potomac Tracon southwest of Dulles International Airport (IAD).
The FAA has selected eight additional colleges or universities to participate in the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program. Approved colleges and universities in the program prepare and train students interested in a career as an air traffic controller.
General aviation groups pled-ged to work with the Obama Administration when it takes the reins of the federal government early next year, but in the days following the election there was much speculation about how things would shake out on Capitol Hill, in the Transportation Department and in the FAA.
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