BREAKING: Mike Whitaker Nominated to Top Spot at FAA
The Biden administration has nominated Mike Whitaker to be FAA Administrator.
Following months of speculation – Whitaker was first mentioned as a candidate in May – FAA veteran Mike Whitaker has been named as the nominee for the FAA’s top position. Whitaker is the Biden administrations second nominee: Denver Airport CEO Phil Washington withdrew his nomination amidst criticism of his aviation experience. The position of FAA Administrator must be confirmed by the Senate.
Whitaker served as deputy administrator of the FAA from 2013 to 2016, where he led the NextGen air traffic control modernization program. Whitaker has deep experience in the manned aircraft industry, serving as the head of international and regulatory affairs for United Airlines for more than 15 years. Recently, Whitaker has joined the advanced aviation industry: he is currently the COO of Hyundai’s air mobility arm, Supernal.
The nomination is welcome news. The FAA has not had a…