Babbitt predicts busy year at FAA

01/18/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

From pilot fatigue to regional airline training standards to NextGen, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has a lot on his plate. "It's a huge challenge, but it's a good challenge," Babbitt tells The Wall Street Journal. New rules on pilot rest will probably be published in the spring, allowing more flight time but less overall time on duty. New training standards for regional pilots will also be proposed this year, says Babbitt, who has long advocated "one level of safety" for all pilots. As for NextGen, Babbitt says too much time was "spent on the drawing board," but as the technology begins to show some success, its rollout will be "self-invigorating," he predicts.

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