You have to give FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt credit for
guts... as he stood in front of well over a hundred of the finest
aviation educators and instructors in the nation and took
questions... no holds barred. It was fun, gutsy and tremendously
educational... and pretty darned frank, too. The questions followed
his address entitled, “Meeting the Training Challenges of the
Second Century of Flight” on the second day of the two-day
The event where this took place set the stage for the very frank
Q&A... the 2011 Pilot Training Reform Symposium, held in
Atlanta, GA, May 4-5. Over the course of this intense event, the
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) proposed a
collaborative effort among OEMs, courseware providers,
organizations/trade associations, university aviation programs and
FBOs, insurance providers, and regulatory agencies to reform our
national flight training system.
J. Randolph 'Randy' Babbitt was sworn in as the FAA’s
sixteenth administrator on June 1, 2009. He began his aviation
career as a pilot, flying 25 years for Eastern Airlines. A skilled
negotiator, Babbitt served as President and CEO for US ALPA, the
world’s largest professional organization of airline pilots.
While at ALPA, he championed the “One Level of Safety”
initiative implemented in 1995 to improve safety standards across
Join ANN as we (and a number of other aviators) put a few
questions before the FAA's Administrator... no holds barred.