Robert "Bobby" Sturgell, nominated by President Bush to become FAA administrator, managed ATO on an acting basis in the interim.
Robert A. "Bobby" Sturgell in October was nominated by President Bush to a five-year term as FAA administrator.
Formerly deputy administrator, Sturgell became acting head of the agency following the departure of Marion C. Blakey in mid-September.
Sturgell, 48, served as Blakey's senior policy adviser when she headed the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Prior to joining NTSB, he was a flight operations supervisor and line pilot for United Airlines, flying Boeing 757s and 767s on domestic and international flights.
A naval aviator, he flew the F-14, F-18, F-16 and A-4 aircraft and served as an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School.
Sturgell is a graduate of the U.S.
Naval Academy and the University of Virginia School of Law
has practiced aviation law at the Washington, D.C., firm Shaw Pittman.
"As a former fighter pilot with over three decades of aviation experience, Bobby Sturgell has worked tirelessly as deputy FAA administrator to fight congestion and modernize our aviation system while preserving the safest period in aviation on record," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters, announcing the nomination.
The Air Transport Association, representing airlines, said Sturgell's "distinguished and varied background, in both civil and military matters, uniquely equip him to serve as FAA administrator."
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association
, exclusive bargaining agent for the nation's controllers, opposed the nomination, saying Sturgell
has been "an integral part of the systematic demise of controller staffing and abysmal labor-management relations.