Fri, Nov 06, 2009
ANN had the chance to put a number of questions to the FAA's
unusually responsive Administrator, Randy Babbitt. The questions
ran the gamut of what might be done to further the cause of
aviation to one of our pet projects from a number of years ago...
namely, the institution of a Pilot's Bill of Rights. Babbitt took
on all questions, ducked nothing and seemed to relish the
opportunity to talk real-live aviation with real-live aviators.
Randy Babbitt was sworn in as the FAA’s sixteenth
administrator on June 1, 2009. Babbitt comes to the FAA from Oliver
Wyman, an international management consulting firm where he served
A veteran pilot and internationally recognized expert in
aviation and labor relations, Babbitt is no stranger to the FAA. He
has been a member of the agency’s Management Advisory Council
since 2001. In that capacity, he provided guidance to the FAA
Administrator on a variety of topics, ranging from air traffic
modernization to regulatory policy. He was chairman of the council
Babbitt began his aviation career as a pilot, flying 25 years
for Eastern Airlines. A skilled negotiator, he 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 the industry.
He also promoted the international expansion of ALPA through a
merger with the Canadian Air Line Pilots Association in 1997.
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