WASHINGTON, DC, May 20, 2009 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today issued the following statement following the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s unanimous approval of J. Randolph “Randy” Babbitt as the next administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). “The National Business Aviation Association commends the Commerce Committee on its approval of Randy Babbitt's nomination to be FAA Administrator. As a pilot, he has operational knowledge of our air transportation system. He also brings recognized expertise to our highly complex policy issues. As the nation’s air transportation system faces many immediate challenges, all of us in the business aviation industry know that Randy will be able to hit the ground running at this critical point in the evolution of our system. We look forward to working with him to achieve our shared goal of leading the world in aviation." Babbitt’s nomination must still be considered by the full Senate to complete the confirmation process. # # # Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org. Members of the media may receive NBAA Press Releases immediately via e-mail. To subscribe to the NBAA Press Release e-mail list, submit the online form at www.nbaa.org/news/pr/subscribe.