LEE'S SUMMIT, MO, Jan. 2, 2013 -- On Tuesday, Jan. 1, the U.S. Senate confirmed Michael Huerta as the next administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Huerta had been serving as acting administrator since former administrator Randy Babbitt resigned more than a year ago.
Today, the Aircraft Electronics Association applauded Huerta's Senate confirmation.
"We look forward to working with Administrator Huerta as the general aviation industry tackles the many complex challenges headed our way in 2013 and beyond, including ADS-B mandates, streamlined certification of new avionics products, regulations affecting the avionics retrofit markets and NextGen transformation," stated Paula Derks, AEA president.
Prior to Huerta's stint as FAA acting administrator, he served as chief of staff in the Department of Transportation during the administration of President Bill Clinton.
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Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in more than 40 countries, including government-certified international repair stations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. The AEA membership also includes manufacturers of avionics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions.