Deputy FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell was named acting head of the agency following the conclusion of Michael Huerta’s five-year term Jan. 6.
As a top contender to run the agency, Elwell has the support of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who said, "Dan's background as a military and commercial pilot and past leadership positions in FAA and the aviation sector ensures a seamless transition to continue the important mission of the FAA.”
There’s no doubt Huerta’s successor will be tackling myriad controversial issues, including the continuing shift to NextGen and the increasing number of drones in the airspace.
“We look forward to working closely with Dan in his role as Acting Administrator,” said AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker. “We encourage the president to act quickly to appoint a permanent administrator so that momentum around NextGen, streamlined avionics approvals, and other important FAA work can continue unabated.”