FAA Administrator: Whitaker Nomination Moves Through Committee, Drone Industry Calls for Swift Action to Confirm
The process of appointing an FAA Administrator continues, as the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation moved the nomination of former FAA Deputy Mike Whitaker unanimously through committee.
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The nomination will now need to be confirmed by vote of the full Senate. Drone industry advocacy groups have vocalized their strong support of Whitaker’s nomination and urged swift action on a vote. The position of FAA Administrator, a critical leadership role, has been filled by a series of acting administrators since former FAA Administrator Steve Dickson resigned midway through his 5 year term in March of 2022.
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, said in a statement before the vote: “Mr. Whitaker is highly qualified with more than 30 years of aviation experience in both the…