Will Woerth Lead FAA?


Former pilot union president Duane Woerth is among the names said to be at the top of the list, but reports over the weekend suggested both Woerth and Robert T. Herbert are among those who might be selected to lead the FAA. While Woerth is a familiar name for many longtime aviators (Woerth was president of the Air Line Pilots Association from 1999-2007), the less familiar Herbert has worked as a longtime aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Herbert’s aviation experience spans both military and civilian piloting and he has “advised Reid on transportation, defense and homeland security issues,” according to the Washington Post. Reid has backed Herbert, sending a letter to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team, the Post said, while Herbert has recently sought the audience of “aviation-related unions.” Meanwhile, Woerth carries the clout of union experience and some insiders believe that positions him as the one best able to navigate the maze of contract issues and labor disputes that frequently complicate matters between the FAA, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS).