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Scott Dunham (RDU)
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Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed!
      02/10/17 12:04 PM

So A4A and a bunch of airlines execs got together with the occupant of the White House yesterday to talk about the FAA, and I did a tea-snort over this part of the discussion: (from politico.com)

"At Thursday's meeting, Trump appeared to take a shot at FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, an Obama administration appointee whose term ends in 2018."

"I hear we have the wrong system. ... And is the gentleman who's the head of the FAA right now not a pilot?" Trump asked the executives. "I'd like to find out because I think it maybe would be good to have a pilot - like a really good pilot that knows what's going on. ... I would think you need a very sophisticated person in that job."


Errr, ignoring the cogent analysis there, do you suppose he has ANY idea how Huerta came to be the Administrator?

Historically, most FAA administrators HAVE been pilots, but I don't recall anyone exactly doing handsprings over the performance of the FAA even then. Flying a jet and flying the bureaucracy, Congress, contractors, and 100 alphabet groups have precious little skill-set overlap. Huerta can stick around until 2018 if he wants to, but it will be interesting to see who comes in next. The administrator doesn't need to be a nuts-and-bolts operational type, but they definitely need to be able to help keep NextGen on track: "That's coming in NextGen" has become the all purpose answer to any needs-fixing ATC issue, generally coming from people who will be retired before the delivery dates of the various components.

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* Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Scott Dunham (RDU) 02/10/17 12:04 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Ralph Jones   06/05/17 08:34 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Rick Cremer   06/05/17 04:02 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Richard Duxbury (Dux)   06/06/17 11:55 AM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Scott Dunham (RDU)   06/09/17 12:25 AM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Ralph Jones   06/09/17 02:41 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Scott Dunham (RDU)   06/10/17 12:21 AM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! sreyoB yrraL   06/09/17 01:42 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Scott Dunham (RDU)   06/10/17 12:12 AM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Rick Cremer   06/09/17 02:38 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Randy Sohn   06/09/17 12:59 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Randy Sohn   06/07/17 07:15 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Dave Siciliano (ADS)   06/07/17 12:06 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Mac Tichenor (DAL)   06/07/17 01:06 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Dave Siciliano (ADS)   06/07/17 04:47 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Russell Holton   06/05/17 05:41 PM
. * * Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Ray Tackett   06/05/17 06:42 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Mase Taylor   06/05/17 05:33 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Mac Tichenor (DAL)   06/05/17 04:43 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Bill Bridges - 9S1   02/10/17 02:46 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! B. Butler (Oregonian)   06/14/17 02:13 AM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Mac Tichenor (DAL)   06/28/17 11:55 AM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Bill Bridges - 9S1   06/28/17 02:11 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Mac Tichenor (DAL)   06/28/17 02:54 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Scott Dunham (RDU)   06/29/17 04:14 AM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Mac Tichenor (DAL)   06/29/17 02:47 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Scott Dunham (RDU)   06/29/17 04:05 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! B. Butler (Oregonian)   02/11/17 02:27 AM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Dave Siciliano (ADS)   02/10/17 12:49 PM
. * * Re: Careful - the FAA is About to Get Fixed! Bruce Gorrell [EQY]   02/10/17 10:39 PM

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