In response to Senate confirmation of Michael Whitaker as the next Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, National Air Carrier Association President and CEO George Novak issued the following statement:
“We commend the Senate for swiftly confirming Michael Whitaker to be the next FAA Administrator. The agency has been without permanent leadership for entirely too long, and we’re relieved that the FAA can finally move forward on the many challenges facing the aviation industry, including modernizing pilot training standards to increase the supply of commercial airline pilots while enhancing safety; increasing air traffic controller staffing in Florida; mitigating runway incursions; and expediting the deployment of NextGen.
Mike’s experiences as former deputy administrator of the agency, private pilot, and airline executive make him well-positioned to work collaboratively with all stakeholders. The overwhelming bipartisan support he received on Capitol Hill, along with the endorsement of all major aviation stakeholders, is indicative of his strong qualifications for the position. We congratulate Mike and look forward to working with him and his team to ensure that our National Airspace System remains the gold standard for aviation safety worldwide.”