February 1, 2013
Frederick, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) praised the confirmation of Michael Huerta as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a five-year term. Huerta was chosen for the post in March 2012 by President Barack Obama but the nomination was blocked by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) over the summer. The Senator lifted his objection after the November election, clearing the way for full confirmation.
“Huerta has a track record of listening to and working with the general aviation community. This is critical for our industry as the FAA navigates through significant changes taking place in airspace, navigation, air traffic control and safety programs,” said AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller. “He also brings recognized expertise to highly complex policy issues, which is especially important during this time of fiscal uncertainty. As deputy administrator, Mr. Huerta was an effective leader and we look forward to continuing our work with him on issues critical to general aviation.”
Huerta came to the FAA in 2010 after a lengthy career in transportation. Huerta’s past posts include serving as commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce in the 1980s and executive director of the Port of San Francisco from 1989 to 1993. He was appointed acting FAA administrator by President Barack Obama in December 2011 and was then nominated to serve a five-year term as full-time FAA administrator.
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