December 9, 2009
By Sarah Brown
President Barack Obama announced Dec. 7 that he plans to nominate transportation policy consultant Michael P. Huerta for the position of FAA deputy administrator.
Huerta currently has a consulting firm, MPH Consulting, that advises clients on transportation policy, technology, and financing. Until April 2009, he was group president of the transportation solutions group of Affiliated Computer Services Inc., a technology services provider supporting transportation agencies across the world. He has held senior positions in the Department of Transportation (DOT) and city agencies.
In late 2008, Huerta served as a member of Obama’s transition team for the DOT. From 1993 to 1998, he served in two senior positions at the DOT, and he has also held senior positions in the cities of San Francisco and New York: He was the executive director of the Port of San Francisco and commissioner for the New York City Department of Ports, International Trade, and Commerce
Huerta also served as managing director with the organizing committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
If confirmed, Huerta will take over for the acting deputy administrator, Lynne A. Osmus. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, who was also nominated by Obama, was sworn in June 1.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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