Randy Babbitt, administrator for the FAA, will be the featured guest speaker at the regular bi–monthly meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club scheduled for May 5.
Babbitt, a veteran pilot who flew 25 years for Eastern Airlines, is an internationally recognized expert in aviation and labor relations. Most recently he was a partner with Oliver Wyman, an international management firm, and became the 16th administrator in June 2009.
Since 2001 he also served as a member of the FAA’s Management Advisory Council and provided guidance to the FAA Administrator on a variety of topics ranging from air traffic modernization to regulatory policy. He served as Chairman of the Council from 2004 to 2006.
In addition, Babbitt was appointed by DOT Secretary Mary Peters to be a member of a special Internal Review Team to assess safety oversight within the airline industry and the FAA.
Babbitt served as President and CEO for the US Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and championed the “One Level Safety” initiative implemented in 1995 to improve safety standards across the airline industry.
The meeting is scheduled for Noon on May 5 in the Grand Ballroom of the Capital City Club, 7 Harris St., downtown Atlanta. The cost is $40 for members and $50 for non-members and includes lunch. A networking hour begins at 11 am with check in at 11:30 am. Reservations can be made online or by calling 800-878-7555.
The Atlanta Aero Club was founded in 1984 by Lockheed Aircraft Co. executives and is one of the oldest continuous operating aviation clubs in the US. With nearly 250 members, the Atlanta Aero Club has operated as a chapter of the National Aeronautics Association (NAA) since its inception. Recently, the Atlanta Aero Club took a leadership position, along with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), in developing a Georgia State Proclamation declaring October as the official Aviation Appreciation Month to honor the businesses and individuals who contribute to the state’s and nation’s large aviation industry. For more information: AtlantaAeroclub.org