Marion Blakey Comments on Nomination of Randy Babbitt as FAA Administrator

ARLINGTON, VA -- The following is a statement by AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey :

"Randy Babbitt is an excellent choice to head the Federal Aviation Administration. He has a passion for the industry and brings to the FAA years of aviation experience as a pilot, labor negotiator and safety expert. There are many critical issues waiting at the helm for a new administrator, including expediting NextGen -- the transformation of our air transportation system. In 1995 Congress established a five-year term for the FAA Administrator to provide continuity necessary for an agency that is focused on safety and complicated operational responsibilities. By moving quickly on Mr. Babbitt's confirmation, the Senate will provide the much-needed stability for our nation's air transportation system."

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