March 27, 2009 / 9:00 PM / 10 years ago

Obama picks Randy Babbitt for FAA chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate former pilots’ union chief Randy Babbitt to head the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the White House said on Friday.

Babbitt, a consultant who led the Air Line Pilots Association in the 1990s, would become the top safety regulator of passenger and cargo airlines.

He would also be responsible for management of the sprawling U.S. air traffic control network.

The FAA is responsible for coordinating air space for more than 30,000 commercial flights per day.

Reporting by Jeff Mason and John Crawley

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