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Obama taps acting FAA chief to officially head agency
Tuesday - 3/27/2012, 9:26pm EDT
Michael Huerta. Photo: FAA.gov
Babbitt was about half way through a five-year term when he stepped down.
Huerta was confirmed as the FAA deputy administrator in June 2010. As deputy administrator, he led the agency's effort to modernize its air traffic control system, known as NextGen.
Before joining the FAA, Huerta spent seven years at Affiliated Computer Services, eventually serving as the president of the Transportation Solutions Group.
Before that, he held senior positions throughout the 1990s in the Transportation Department.
He also served as the commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce in the late 1980s and as executive director of the San Francisco Port from 1989-1993. When Huerta first took over, the Associated Press called him a "well-regarded manager" but said he "lacks his predecessor's insider knowledge of the nation's airlines."