Who will be the next head of the FAA? The Politico reports that acting administrator Michael Huerta will probably fill the post until after the election, quoting Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello, the top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure’s aviation subcommittee: “I doubt that the Senate will approve any of President Obama’s nominees next year, so I think it’s very likely that the acting administrator will stay in for all of 2012 through the end of the president’s term.”
However, being Washington, D.C., rumors are flying and these five names have been mentioned more than once to fill the top spot:
- NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman
- Duane Woerth, former head of the air line pilots association and now He currently serves as U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. body that oversees international aviation agreements and disputes;
- Robert Herbert, a staffer for Senator Harry Reid;
- Retired Congressman Jim Oberstar; or
- Huerta remains in the top spot, called the “safe choice” by Politico.