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EAA Applauds Nomination Of Bobby Sturgell As Next FAA Administrator

October 23, 2007 — The Experimental Aircraft Association is applauding the nomination of Robert "Bobby" Sturgell as the next Administrator of Federal Aviation Administration after President Bush forwarded that nomination to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.

"Bobby Sturgell understands the issues that face EAA members and has been engaged in those issues as Deputy Administrator under Marion Blakey," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president. "Bobby has also had the opportunity to join us at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh over the past several years, so he is very familiar with EAA and our members' enthusiasm for flight. We thank President Bush for moving quickly on the nomination and urge a speedy confirmation by the Senate, so work on important recreational aviation issues will not falter."

Sturgell was named FAA Deputy Administrator in March 2003 after having previously served as FAA Senior Counsel. He has also served as senior policy advisor at the National Transportation Safety Board. Sturgell has extensive flying experience, as a naval aviator and instructor, as well as a pilot and flight operations supervisor with United Airlines.

"Bobby Sturgell has worked tirelessly as Deputy FAA Administrator to fight congestion and modernize our aviation system while preserving the safest period in aviation on record," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters as she announced the nomination. "I urge the Senate to swiftly consider Bobby's nomination and confirm him to a full five-year term."

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