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Trump reportedly considering his personal pilot to captain FAA

Trump reportedly considering his personal pilot to captain FAA Trump reportedly considering his personal pilot to captain FAA
Russell Knight | 01 March, 2018, 10:10

A Smithsonian documentary said Dunkin has been Trump's personal pilot "on and off" since 1989.

Dunkin, Trump's Boeing 757 Captain, has flown for the president for just shy of three decades.

President Donald Trump is banking that his veteran corporate pilot, John Dunkin, will have the the right stuff to be the next FAA administrator.

Mr Trump spoke in glowing terms about Mr Dunkin during a meeting with airline executives a year ago. Later, he asked whether the current head of the Federal Aviation Administration was a pilot, because "I think it maybe would be good to have a pilot, like a really good pilot who knows what's going on".

Trump coninued: 'My pilot, he's a smart guy, and he knows what's going on'.

An administration official said that Mr Dunkin was more than a...

According to Axios, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell are also on the shortlist for the position.

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Another source told Axios that Dunkin is "on the list because he's the president's pilot, but if he gets the job it won't be because he's the president's pilot". There is no indication that the White House is planning to announce its choice immediately, according to the people.

The FAA regulates all civil aviation in the USA and has an annual budget of more than $16 billion.

Trump has stated that Dunkin is not only a knowledgeable and experienced pilot but has excellent management skills as well.

"It's a system that's totally out of whack", Trump said in 2017 of the ATC overhaul plan.

Trump around the same time also touted the idea of having a pilot as the head of the agency due to their unique skill set and "sophistication".

During a meeting with top airline execs a year ago, Trump cited Dunkin in discussions about air traffic control reforms. He reportedly told Trump that if he were the head of the FAA none of that would happen.

With Trump having made no nomination for his replacement, Elwell-the former deputy administrator-took over by default on a temporary basis. "He said the government is using the wrong equipment", Trump said, referring to machinery used at airports.

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