Earlier this week, Senator Ted Budd asked FAA Administrator nominee Phil Washington a couple questions about his job. Mr. Washington couldn’t answer any of the questions.
The FAA Administrator is appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate, and serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Transportation on all matters related to aviation safety and policy.
Budd tweeted after, “I asked Biden’s nominee for FAA Administrator 7 basic questions about aviation policy. He went 0 for 7. We can’t have an FAA Administrator who needs on the job training.”
The FAA Administrator is the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is a branch of the United States Department of Transportation. The FAA Administrator is responsible for ensuring the safety and efficiency of the national airspace system, regulating civil aviation in the United States, and promoting the development of a safe and sustainable aviation industry.
Any nominee would oversee a large organization that includes air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engineers, scientists, and other professionals who work to ensure the safety of air travel.
I asked Biden's nominee for FAA Administrator 7 basic questions about aviation policy.
He went 0 for 7.
We can't have an FAA Administrator who needs on the job training. @SenateCommerce pic.twitter.com/nzGiEUxr8w
— Senator Ted Budd (@SenTedBuddNC) March 1, 2023