Senate confirms Huerta to head FAA

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Michael Huerta as FAA administrator for a five-year term. Huerta had been appointed acting administrator on Dec. 5, 2011. He had previously been deputy FAA administrator since June 2010.

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, applauded the U.S. Senate’s confirmation Huerta.

“Michael Huerta’s proven leadership and clear grasp of the imperatives of NextGen make him the right choice to continue leading the FAA, and we applaud the members of the U.S. Senate for taking this decisive action on his confirmation,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “Administrator Huerta’s commitment to safety and improved efficiency of our nation’s airspace will benefit the traveling public and ensure we continue to build a more vibrant aviation industry that is so important to our nation’s economy and workforce.”

The appointment also garnered approval from the Air Line Pilots Association Int’l.
“The confirmation of Michael Huerta as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, together with a stable source of long-term funding, puts the FAA in a powerful position to safely build capacity and foster airline growth in this country,” said Capt. Lee Moak, president of the ALPA.

“Mr. Huerta’s formidable transportation policy experience has already enabled him to achieve remarkable progress during his tenure as the FAA’s acting administrator. ALPA is eager to continue this positive action at an accelerated pace to ensure the United States maintains a world-class air transportation system.”

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