Huerta Nominated to be FAA Administrator
March 28, 2012 - President Obama has nominated Michael Huerta, who has served as the Federal Aviation Administration's acting administrator since December, to serve a full term as FAA administrator.
Huerta had previously served as the agency's deputy administrator and became acting administrator following the resignation of former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Huerta's nomination now goes to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.
"EAA congratulates Michael Huerta on his nomination as FAA Administrator," EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower said. "We appreciate the leadership he has provided to FAA in recent months and, following his confirmation, we look forward to enhancing our working relationship with him to grow aviation and meet the challenges facing GA."
Hightower and other top EAA officials met with Huerta in January and, among other discussions, invited him to attend this summer's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Huerta expressed interest in participating at AirVenture, where the FAA administrator traditionally hosts the "Meet the Administrator" session with aviators attending the world's largest fly-in convention.
Prior to joining the FAA, Huerta was group president of the Transportation Solutions Group of Affiliated Computer Services Inc., a technology services provider supporting transportation agencies worldwide, and managing director of Transportation Communication for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He served as chief of staff of the Department of Transportation (DOT) from 1997 to 1998 and as associate deputy secretary in the Office of Intermodalism at the DOT from 1992 to 1997.
Huerta was commissioner of the New York City Department of Ports from 1989 to 1993 and executive director at the Port of San Francisco from 1986 to 1989. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California-Riverside and Master of Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.