Question of the Week: The FAA vs. NATCA — Who's Telling the Truth (or More of It) about the Controller Crisis?

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Last week, AVweb pointed out that Marion Blakey's tenure as FAA Administrator is scheduled to end in three short months and asked who might make a good replacement.

This proved to be a popular question, drawing more than 5,000 votes over the weekend and even (temporarily) breaking our vote-counting script. When the dust had settled (and even before, to be honest), former NATCA president John Carr led the pack. AOPA President Phil Boyer and Blakey herself drew significant support in our "mock election," but those union guys can really get out the vote, and Carr pulled in more than 80% of our readers' responses.

We also received more than a few e-mails offering up other candidates whom we didn't list everyone from Boeing's Neil Planzer to Donald Rumsfeld to Bob Barker, including our own Kevin Garrison ("CEO of the FAA"?).

A complete breakdown of the responses can be viewed here.
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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and the FAA for months have been trading barbs about controller staffing, hiring, and retirement. Do you believe NATCA, which says there is a controller crisis looming or do you believe the FAA, which says that it is staffing facilities to traffic and has adequately planned for hiring and retirements?

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