President Obama For Nominating Huerta To Lead FAA
By Steve Hall
March 29, 2012 - National Air Traffic Controllers
Association President Paul Rinaldi welcomed the news
that President Obama has nominated FAA Acting
Administrator Michael Huerta to serve as administrator
of the agency .
“NATCA commends President Obama for nominating Michael
Huerta as the administrator of the Federal Aviation
Administration. We strongly support Mr. Huerta's
selection and plan to work in any way we can to help him
“NATCA appreciates the many ways that he is collaborating with air traffic controllers and all aviation safety professionals to improve the safety of U.S. aviation. We congratulate Mr. Huerta for the nomination and look forward to working with him as FAA administrator.”
Michael P. Huerta is the acting Administrator of the
Federal Aviation Administration. He was confirmed as
deputy Administrator on June 23, 2010, and became acting
Administrator upon the resignation of Randy Babbitt on
December 6, 2011.
Obama had nominated Huerta as Deputy Administrator of the FAA.
administrator, Huerta helped to oversee the operation of the
National Airspace System and a $16 billion budget. Huerta became
acting Administrator of the FAA upon the resignation of Randy
Babbitt on December 6, 2011.
received his bachelor's degree in political science from the
University of California-Riverside and his master's in
international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public
and International Affairs at Princeton University. Huerta was
commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports,
International Trade and Commerce from 1986-89. In January 1989,
he left to serve as the executive director of the Port of San
Francisco until 1993.
1993-98, he held senior positions at the United States
Department of Transportation in Washington, serving under
Secretaries Federico Pena and Rodney E. Slater during the
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