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Duane Woerth is a top contender to head the Federal Aviation Administration

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Obama Transition: Could A Pilots’ Union Chief Head the FAA?

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[FONT=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]Duane Woerth, then the President of the Airline Pilots Association, during testimony on Capitol Hill in 2003. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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There are a few more names floating around this morning in connection with key transportation jobs in the next administration, and a onetime pilots’ union leader is a top contender to head the Federal Aviation Administration, according to people close to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team.
That could prove to be an interesting pick at a time when smooth relations between labor and management will be critical to the agency’s modernization plans. That’s according to a report from The Wall Street Journal’s Andy Pasztor and Christopher Conkey.
Airline consultant Duane Woerth, who was president of the Air Line Pilots Association from 1999 to 2006, has met with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar and has his tentative support, according to people familiar with their discussions. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who heads an aviation subcommittee, is slated to meet with Woerth in the next few days.
Woerth, who was a Northwest Airlines 747 pilot, was defeated in his bid for a third four-year term as president of the Air Line Pilots Association in October 2006, according to the Associated Press. He then went to work advising Northwest officials in the carrier’s Washington D.C. office.
People familiar with the matter say Woerth doesn’t have a lock on the job and the situation could change, especially if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decides to push hard for Robert Herbert, an aide, for the top FAA job. (Herbert had been previously reported to be a candidate for the position.)
Still, the Journal reports that Woerth has the strong backing of various unions seeking to cash in political capital for their aggressive support of Obama’s candidacy. But Woerth, who frequently prodded the agency to step up air-safety efforts, also has garnered bipartisan endorsements on Capitol Hill and enjoys the backing of some aircraft makers and airline-industry officials.
Other names mentioned in connection with key transportation jobs in the Obama administration include Debbie Hersman, a Democratic member of the National Transportation Safety Board, who is likely to be nominated to be its next chairwoman, according to people familiar with the matter. Unions are also excited that former FAA administrator Jane Garvey, a senior member of Obama’s transition team overseeing aviation issues, remains a leading candidate to head the Transportation Department.
Whoever ends up with the FAA job, they will face the daunting challenge of transitioning the nation’s air traffic control infrastructure over to new technology. Such changes are considered crucial to improving the performance of the nation’s aviation infrastructure. Improvements to the ATC system would likely be warmly welcomed by carriers with key hubs in the congested New York City area — for example Continental at Newark Liberty or JetBlue at Kennedy International.
The FAA job traditionally goes to an industry executive, high-ranking military officer or government official. It would seem that a former commercial pilot would have plenty of attributes that could recommend him for heading up a government agency. Ability to multi-task? Check. Command personality traits? Check. Experience managing public expectations? Captains have to keep passengers abreast of reasons for delays and other flight issues.

CAL sucks... 6 crossing a month for $6000 and 12 days off @ CAL... Is Delta, FedEx or SWA hiring yet?
 

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I'd rather the job go to Osama Bin Laden. At least he's competent at his current job...TC
 

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"Change we need"...Duane Woerthless!
 

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This gem brought to you buy the guy with Sarah Palin as his avatar.

Hopefully the picture is a joke of his......If not; that is one scary woman. Yea I want a former sports commentator, mayor of a town with one stop light and person who could not get a degree after 7 years and 5 schools to be president.

But wait she likes to talk to fake french presidents about helicopter hunting.
 

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Pesidents who never went to college

Max Power, why don't you do some homework? You obviously do not have any idea how many presidents never went to, or never finished college. Here is a list for your gradification. Hopefully you yank the gear better then you research the stupidity that comes out our mouth.
 

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i can think of about 2400 ex-alpa members who will be writing letters making sure Woerthless doesn't get the job...
 

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Here is a list for your gradification. Hopefully you yank the gear better then you research the stupidity that comes out our mouth.

Let me guess, you didn't go to college either? Do you speak English as a second language?

How can you guys be against an ex union official/airline pilot heading up the FAA? Would you rather the job went to an ex management type who has zero respect for anybody that works for an hourly wage? Sure Duanne wasn't a great president but he WAS an airline pilot and he understands our profession. He would be our best shot at reworking onerous rest rules and would be a government advocate for restoring this busted profession...
 

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How can you guys be against an ex union official/airline pilot heading up the FAA? Would you rather the job went to an ex management type who has zero respect for anybody that works for an hourly wage? Sure Duanne wasn't a great president but he WAS an airline pilot and he understands our profession. He would be our best shot at reworking onerous rest rules and would be a government advocate for restoring this busted profession...
You answered the question yourself.
He was a horrible ALPA president. He did nothing for us. Lots of failed great ideas.
As far as him being a line pilot and understanding our life. When was the last time he actually flew the line? And not some fluffy schedule of one trip a month.
He's just like most ALPA MEC's. They get into office and they forget what it's like to fly the crap contract they help negotiate.
If DW were to become head of the FAA, rest requirements and duty limits will not be changed.
The airlines will pay him off because this would require the airlines to staff properly.
 

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Green makes a valid point. I think it is a matter of picking the lesser of all evils.

Woerth would not be my first choice to clean my cabin at SWA, but he would be the best choice for FAA Chief given the choices. As an added bonus, he isn't 15 to 20 years removed from operations either. If there is any candidate for the position that could help operators and pilots alike, it's Duane Woerth.

If my choices are someone Reid likes versus someone Oberstar likes, I'll take Oberstar's choice. At least he knows what a fuselage crack is. He has, at least, been in the ball park for a long time.
 

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GOD help us.
 

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Hopefully the picture is a joke of his......If not; that is one scary woman. Yea I want a former sports commentator, mayor of a town with one stop light and person who could not get a degree after 7 years and 5 schools to be president.

But wait she likes to talk to fake french presidents about helicopter hunting.

Governor of a State.
 

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More for Max Powers

Max, here are some additional success stories. So Sarah took a little longer to finish. She did it where the following did not get a degree.

) Bill Gates-founder of Microsoft; billionaire
2) Michael Dell-founder of Dell Computers; billionaire
3) Steve Jobs-co-founder of Apple Computers; billionaire
4) Steve Wozniak-co-founder of Apple Computers
5) David Geffen-co-founder of Dreamworks, SKG
6) Larry Ellison-founder of the database company Oracle; billionaire
7) William Hanna-of the cartoon producers Hanna-Barbera
8) Sheldon Adelson-real estate and casino owner; billionaire
9) Jack Taylor-Enterprise Rent-A-Car; billionaire
 

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This gem brought to you buy the guy with Sarah Palin as his avatar.

So how are all those elite Ivy League grads doing?

Maybe they can use their "intellect" to figure out how to screw us faster.

The only people I trust less than Duane Woerth are mindless idealouges...

TC
 

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Max Power, why don't you do some homework? You obviously do not have any idea how many presidents never went to, or never finished college. Here is a list for your gradification. Hopefully you yank the gear better then you research the stupidity that comes out our mouth.

Last time I checked if you want to be hired at a major you need a degree but I guess if you want to run our country you really dont need one then. ( now thats smart!)
 

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Re: Duane Woerth is a top contender to head the FAA

If DW were to become head of the FAA, rest requirements and duty limits will not be changed.

You are correct. If Woerth is appointed then all airline pilots are going to realize about Duane what only regional and TWA pilots seem to understand about him right now - Duane has situational ethics.

Personally, I don't think Duane has the political skills to get through the process like a Randy Babbitt, for example. But if he does make it, our consolation prize will be coming to Flightinfo and hearing Occam's Razor and PCL_128 justify Woerth's inaction on duty and rest requirements.

Old ALPA trick: if Woerth is named, look for a new "blue ribbon" panel or a comprehensive new study on duty/rest requirements that will take years.
 

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You are correct. If Woerth is appointed then all airline pilots are going to realize about Duane what only regional and TWA pilots seem to understand about him right now - Duane has situational ethics.

Personally, I don't think Duane has the political skills to get through the process like a Randy Babbitt, for example. But if he does make it, our consolation prize will be coming to Flightinfo and hearing Occam's Razor and PCL_128 justify Woerth's inaction on duty and rest requirements.

Old ALPA trick: if Woerth is named, look for a new "blue ribbon" panel or a comprehensive new study on duty/rest requirements that will take years.

Of course they could solicit the advice of you, Dan, and Jessee, who were so successful in your lawsuit case, right?;) :laugh:
I mean after all, you girls are looking out for the industry as a whole!:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
 
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