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Aviation Community Unites To Urge Administration To Quickly Name FAA Administrator


August 23, 2007 — The entire aviation community is urging the Bush Administration to swiftly appoint a successor to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, whose five-year term expires on September 13. A letter to President Bush signed by the heads of 18 organizations covering all areas of aviation - including EAA President Tom Poberezny - emphasizes ?the vital need to nominate a strong individual who can be confirmed as the next administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).?

?The total aviation community is united,? Poberezny said. ?It?s critical that swift action be taken to ensure continuity and for the long-term viability of our nation?s aviation infrastructure.?

The letter to the president came shortly after an announcement earlier this week that Blakey was named president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), a lobbying group for U.S. manufacturers of aerospace equipment. She is schedule to begin in that role on November 12. AIA represents manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, space systems, aircraft engines, materiel, and related components, equipment services, and information technology.

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