AndoAv8R wrote:Anyone affiliated with the operations of Denver has no business getting promoted. But it's all about politics and not actual track record or resume.
BEG2IAH wrote:It seems it's now official. I'm not sure what "deep expertise in transportation" Buttigieg is talking about. Washington has very questionable credentials for the position.
WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden plans to nominate Denver International Airport Chief Executive Phil Washington to head the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the White House said on Wednesday.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement "Phil’s deep expertise in transportation, his service in the military, and his track record helping Americans safely get where they need to go, make him the right leader to help meet today’s aviation challenges and prepare for the future."
Source: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/1-biden- ... 07006.html
intotheair wrote:AndoAv8R wrote:Anyone affiliated with the operations of Denver has no business getting promoted. But it's all about politics and not actual track record or resume.
100%. He's not really responsible for much of DEN's current problems as they were all percolating before he got the DEN CEO job, but his appointment to that position alone was purely a political decision because of how close he and the mayor of Denver are. DEN never seriously conducted any kind of search for that job when he was picked.
The only meaningful thing he's done in his short tenure at DEN has been to launch a committee to investigate how DEN can get a nonstop flight to Africa, which has caused many of us in the DEN thread to roll our eyeballs lately.
atcsundevil wrote:To be fair, not many secretaries or administrators for DOT/FAA have a wealth of experience in the sector, but that doesn't mean they don't do a decent job. The roles are inherently political — that's kind of the point. Typically the best secretaries and administrators are the ones who are willing to defer to career staff who have a vast knowledge of the agency.
atcdan wrote:lOne thing I’d like to see from new leadership is a push to relax draconian standards surrounding mental health and various medications. There are a lot of pilots who want to go to therapy, or get a sleep study done, but don’t because they literally risk their livelihood. So the FAA at this point would rather have pilots and controllers live with medical issues instead of seeking help.
BEG2IAH wrote:This position is political, obviously! No one expects from Mr. Washington to fly airplanes or be an astronaut, but there are so many more qualified candidates who know how to lead teams of experts and who are not used to hearing "yes, sir".
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