Tue, Sep 29, 2009
On July 30th, 2009, Randy Babbitt took to the podium for the
first time as the FAA Administrator, addressing EAA AirVenture
attendees in the Honda Pavilion.
As an EAA member himself, Babbitt has an impressive background
in aviation; receiving his certificate at the age of 16, Babbitt
continued his flying career piloting such aircraft as the Douglas
DC-9, Boeing B-727, as well as the Airbus A300.
After his years at Eastern Air Lines (EAL), Babbitt served as
president of the Air Line Pilots Association before being appointed
to the FAA’s Management Advisory Council in 2000 by President
Clinton. On June 1st, the Senate confirmed Babbitt as the
FAA’s 16th Administrator, following Marion Blakey after her
resignation in September of 2007.
With nearly 70,000 operations every day, and over 753 million
people transported each year, the job of FAA Administrator is no
simple task. This year celebrates the fifth anniversary of
yet another aspect of aviation, the establishment of the Sport
Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rule. Intended to increase safety by
filling gaps in the previously existing regulations, as well as
accommodating advances in technology, the LSA category now supports
over 8,100 aircraft.
Most recently, in February of 2009, the FAA announced the
development of a joint steering committee in cooperation with the
LSA industry community. In order to support continued upgrade
and data incorporation to existing standards, the group will focus
on flight safety issues, certification standards, and accident
causes. Join Aero-TV as FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt
provides his unique perspective on the current status and future
prospective of the LSA market.
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