Washington is currently the chief executive officer of the Denver International Airport
— the third busiest airport in the world
The FAA administrator position has been vacant since late March, when former President Donald Trump’s appointee to the role, Steve Dickson, stepped down halfway through a five-year term. The FAA’s current acting administrator, Billy Nolen, is also Black.
Washington’s prospective leadership at the FAA, the agency that regulates civilian aviation in the United States, comes as airlines have experienced immense strain resulting from a ramp up of domestic air travel this summer. Bad weather and staffing shortages across the airline industry have led to a rash of canceled flights throughout the summer holidays — as American passengers have returned to travel in numbers nearing pre-pandemic levels.
Tracking service FlightAware 示した
約 2,200 flights canceled between the Thursday and Monday of the Fourth of July weekend
— または 2% of scheduled flights
. There was a peak of
657 flights canceled on Saturday
It was the third-straight weekend in which there has been a spike in canceled flights as the airlines struggle to handle the demand for flying with limited crews.
, その間, continues to deal with criticism of its oversight of Boeing
, which produces commercial airplanes
. The agency is in an ongoing review of Boeing’s
10. Other variants of MAX jets 戻ってきた to service in
2020 after being grounded for
20 months following two crashes that killed
In response to a request from members of Congress
, the Department of Transportation’s inspector general will audit the FAA’s oversight of Boeing
737 そして 787 製造. The IG will evaluate the FAA’s processes
にとって “identifying and resolving production issues
” そして “addressing allegations of undue pressure within the production environment.
The FAA is also dealing with how to address the eventual roll out of 5G service near airports
. 六月に, the FAA announced that mobile phone carriers had agreed to another delay of rolling out 5G services for an additional year in order to prevent its interference with some airplane technology
The delay, the FAA said, will allow more time for the permanent fix: replacing or filtering the devices that measure an aircraft’s distance from the ground, called radar altimeters. The new technology’s promises include faster speeds, but aviation officials say the radio waves can be picked up in some cases by the radar altimeter.
シンシナティベンガルズとのAFCチャンピオンシップゲームの開幕戦でのヤード得点ドライブ, Washington will take the helm of an agency with roughly 45,000 従業員.
Washington led the Biden-Harris Transpiration Department transition team and co-chaired the Biden/Harris Infrastructure Policy Committee
. Prior to his position at the Denver airport
, Washington was the CEO of the Los Angeles Country Metropolitan Transit Authority for six years
. In LA
, Washington was part of a major early effort expand the city’s rail network and overhaul the region’s bus network amid steep ridership declines
ワシントン, a Chicago native and a US Army veteran, was also previously the CEO of the Denver Regional Transportation District.