FAA Administrator Babbitt Faces Virginia DWI Charge

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Saturday night, and today the Administration announced that he would take a leave of absence in order to resolve the legal issues.

As a commercial pilot, Babbitt was a very well qualified individual to lead the FAA.  As a pilot, though, he is also held to the highest standards of sobriety.  A conviction for driving while intoxicated could lead the loss of his pilots license.  Note that as a 65-year-old, he would not be eligible to fly for any air carrier in the United States, but the loss of this credential would tarnish his stellar reputation.

Babbitt was arrested after police spotted him driving on the wrong side of the street.

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About Jason Dickstein
Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. He represents several aviation trade associations, including the Aviation Suppliers Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association.

One Response to FAA Administrator Babbitt Faces Virginia DWI Charge

  1. Pingback: Randy Babbitt Lands at Southwest « ASA Web Log

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