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ATCA Thanks Administrator Huerta for Exceptional Service to the NAS

05 Jan 2018
ATCA Thanks Administrator Huerta for Exceptional Service to the NAS


On behalf of our membership, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) thanks the Honorable Michael J. Huerta for his service and leadership at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Since 2010, Administrator Huerta’s steadfast commitment to the National Airspace System (NAS) has never wavered, weathering government shutdowns, sequestration, and dozens of continuing resolutions on both FAA authorization and federal budget appropriations. As the longest-serving administrator in the agency’s history, Administrator Huerta led the largest and most complex aerospace system in the world, overseeing continuing efforts towards modernization and NextGen implementation. Administrator Huerta’s safety record is unmatched, which is made even more impressive with the unprecedented advent of new entrants like commercial space vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). During his tenure, he stressed the importance of collaboration, which was instrumental in redefining the FAA's relationship with the aviation industry.


Our organization is grateful for Administrator Huerta’s support and participation in ATCA’s many conferences and special events where he always made himself available to our members, the men and women of the NAS as well as the global aviation industry. 


Congratulations on a successful term, Administrator Huerta.


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