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FAA Administrator on Leave After DWI Arrest

December 5, 2011 FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt is taking a leave of absence from his post following his arrest in Fairfax, Virginia, Saturday night on charges of driving while intoxicated.

The Department of Transportation released a statement confirming the administrator’s leave of absence but declined further comment.

"Administrator Babbitt has requested, effective immediately, to take a leave of absence from the FAA,” said the DOT statement. The agency was also “in discussions with legal counsel about Administrator Babbitt's employment status."

The FAA issued no comment on the arrest or the leave of absence.

“This is a most unfortunate development, particularly in light of the many positive contributions made by Administrator Babbitt as head of the FAA,” said EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower.  “There will be no rush to judgment by EAA as we await the facts and further information.”

In Babbitt’s absence, Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as the FAA’s acting administrator.

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