WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michael Huerta, current acting administrator of the FAA, has been nominated by the President to be administrator, tasked with the priority of moving the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) along.He was hired for the assistant’s position primarily because of his experience and expectations to move along the struggling NextGen program.
President Obama nominated Huerta late Tuesday, March 28.
News of the nomination brought a quick response from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, a group that will be working directly with the NextGen system. “We strongly support Mr. Huerta’s and plan to work in any way we can to help him win confirmation,” NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said.
Huerta joined the FAA as assistant administrator June 30, 2010. He became acting administrator when Randy Babbitt resigned after his arrest for drunk driving.
Before joining FAA, Huerta held senior positions at Affiliated Computer Services from 2002-2009, rising to the position of President of the Transportation Solutions Group. He was commissioner of New York City’s Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce from 1986-89. He had served as Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco from 1989-1993. From 1993-98, he held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.
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