AIAA Statement on Senate Confirmation of the Honorable Michael Whitaker as FAA Administrator Written 2 November 2023


The Honorable Michael Whitaker, FAA Administrator. | Credit: FAA; Public Domain

November 2, 2023 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Executive Director Dan Dumbacher made the following statement on the Senate confirmation of the Honorable Michael Whitaker as FAA Administrator:

“On behalf of the Institute’s nearly 30,000 professional and student members, congratulations to the Honorable Michael Whitaker on being confirmed as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator. We are pleased to see strong bipartisan support for our nation’s aviation regulatory agency.

We see significant opportunities for the FAA to continue its important mission ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the largest aerospace system in the world, including the integration of space operations into the U.S. airspace system and regulation of the commercial space industry around the launch and reentry of space vehicles.

Under Administrator Whitaker’s leadership, we anticipate the FAA will benefit from his depth of aviation experience in government and the private sector, as well as his commitment to safety.

AIAA looks forward to supporting Administrator Whitaker in his new role as we strive to maintain our nation’s leadership in aviation, while also helping make critical advances in technology development and research to advance safer, smarter, and more sustainable flight.”

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