NPR: FAA Chief Will Face Turbulent Climate


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President Obama has nominated Randy Babbitt to head the Federal Aviation Administration. If confirmed by the Senate, Babbitt would be taking on an agency of some 49,000 employees, many of them disgruntled air traffic controllers who work on outmoded equipment.

Those controllers, and the technology they use, are the two biggest challenges facing a new FAA administrator.

Ah, yes, the modernization program. I believe that back when it started, the company doing it was Martin Marietta. Now that company is named Lockheed Martin. It's collected billions in payments from the government, and we're still using outdated systems.