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Senate Confirms Babbitt to Lead FAA

J. Randolph Babbitt
J. Randolph Babbitt

May 22, 2009 — The Senate has confirmed J. Randolph (Randy) Babbitt as FAA Administrator, filling the position held by acting Administrators since Marion Blakey stepped down in September 2007. A former airline pilot, Babbitt previously served as president of the Airline Pilots Association. Most recently he was a partner at Oliver Wyman, an international aviation consulting firm.

President Clinton appointed Babbitt to FAA's Management Advisory Council in 2000. Last year, he was appointed to the independent review team of aviation and safety experts that examined the FAA's approach to safety.

"We congratulate Administrator Babbitt on his confirmation and look forward to sharing our insights on general aviation and EAA's community of aviation enthusiasts," said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president. "His broad knowledge of the aviation industry should allow him to make an immediate mark on GA. AirVenture attendees are eager to hear from him on issues facing our members."

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