Biden nominates a former Obama official to run the Federal Aviation Administration
By The Associated Press
(AP) – President Joe Biden on Thursday nominated a former Obama administration official to lead the Federal Aviation Administration after his first choice withdrew in March after running into opposition from Republican senators.
The White House said Biden nominated Michael G. Whitaker, a former deputy administrator at the FAA. He is currently the chief operating officer of a Hyundai affiliate working to develop an air taxi aircraft.
Whitaker’s nomination had been expected for months, and Biden’s announcement was praised by several industry and labor groups.
The FAA, which regulates airline safety and manages the nation’s airspace, has been run by back-to-back acting administrators since March 2022.
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