March 28, 2012
By Sarah Brown
President Barack Obama has nominated Michael Huerta, acting administrator for the FAA, to a full term heading the agency.
Huerta was confirmed as the FAA’s deputy administrator in 2010 and stepped into the role of acting administrator after the resignation of Administrator Randy Babbitt. The transportation official has held positions at ports, in the U.S. Department of Transportation, in the private sector, and handling transportation issues for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"We congratulate Michael Huerta on being nominated as FAA administrator,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller. “We have appreciated the attention he has given to the concerns of general aviation and look forward to a constructive and productive working relationship.”
Prior to joining the FAA, Huerta held senior positions at Affiliated Computer Services, now a Xerox company specializing in business processes and information technology, according to the FAA website. He has served as commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce, and executive director of the Port of San Francisco; and held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation in the 1990s.
According to the FAA, Huerta’s “reputation for managing complex transportation challenges led him to the international stage when Huerta was tapped as a Managing Director of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. … Huerta was critical in the planning and construction of a variety of Olympic transportation facilities, as well as the development of a highly successful travel demand management system that [ensured] the transportation system operated safely and efficiently.”
As deputy administrator, Huerta discussed the confirmation process, ongoing programs within the FAA, and investing in technology for the future on AOPA Live at AOPA Aviation Summit.
Department of Transportation
The FAA has asked the National Transportation Safety Board to review a judge’s ruling reversing a fine it levied in an unmanned-aircraft case.
AOPA staff members updated attendees of the Montana Aviation Conference Feb. 27 through March 1 on the association's involvement in issues that affect pilots.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for certain Cessna models after icing-related accidents.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.