As Deputy Administrator and as Acting Administrator, Michael has managed a number of challenges over the past couple of years--with tenacity, skill, and diplomacy. And as its new leader, I know he will ensure an even stronger future for the FAA and everyone who flies in our nation’s skies.
Already during his time at the FAA, Michael has done a terrific job helping position the agency to deliver NextGen–the Next Generation Air Transportation System. NextGen is our cutting-edge program that will enable more on-time, fuel-efficient flights, a win-win situation for airlines and travelers alike. And he recently established a new organization within the agency to focus on implementing future major technology programs.
Through his leadership, Michael has generated much goodwill among FAA employees. For example, in November he traveled to New York to personally thank FAA professionals for their efforts to keep the region's aviation system operating smoothly after superstorm Sandy.
I look forward to seeing Michael put his vision for the FAA into action.
But I know that at the top of Administrator Huerta's plans is a continued push for our top priority: ensuring the safety of the traveling public. As he said today, “I want to see us eliminate every vestige of risk in our aviation system and raise the bar even higher as the safest aviation system in the world.”
Michael Huerta has been an extraordinary transportation leader, and I am confident that we could have found no better Administrator for the FAA.