Through his leadership, Huerta has generated
much goodwill among FAA employees. For example,
in November he traveled to New York to
personally thank FAA professionals for their
efforts to keep the region's aviation system
operating smoothly after superstorm Sandy.
LaHood further stated “I look forward to seeing
Michael put his vision for the FAA into action.
But I know that at the top of Administrator
Huerta's plans is a continued push for our top
priority ensuring the safety of the traveling
public. As he said today, “I want to see us
eliminate every vestige of risk in our aviation
system and raise the bar even higher as the
safest aviation system in the world.”
“Michael Huerta has been an extraordinary
transportation leader, and I am confident that
we could have found no better Administrator for
the FAA”. President Obama nominated Huerta as
Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA). On January 26, 2010,
Huerta appeared before Congress for his
confirmation hearing, but his Congressional
confirmation was held up by Texas Senator John
Cornyn over fighter drones patrolling the
Mexico–United States border near Corpus Christi.
Huerta waited over five months for his
congressional confirmation; on June 23, 2010, he
became Deputy Administrator of the FAA.