Lankford Backs FAA Administrator Nominee

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement on Michael Whitaker to serve as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Whitaker was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 98-0.

“Oklahoma’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) is an essential part of our safe and efficient air travel network coordinated by the FAA. The center is a national treasure for research, maintenance, safety, air traffic control training, and innovation for the future of aviation. MMAC is also home to the only FAA Academy that provides the initial training for air traffic controllers. I met personally with Michael Whitaker to discuss the value and importance of the Air Traffic Control Academy in Oklahoma City and to hear his commitment to continuing the quality training at the MMAC Academy into the future,” said Lankford. “America’s skies are the busiest in the world, which is why we need a seasoned leader at the helm of the FAA. Michael Whitaker’s decades-long aviation career will not only strengthen the agency but his leadership will also help to expand opportunities for the next generation of aviators.”

The FAA’s Academy is located at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.