The aviation world was apoplectic this week at the suggestion that President Trump’s personal pilot John Dunkin could be named to head the FAA. It may have just been payback for the FAA eliminating navigation waypoints named for Trump in 2015. However Trump has been on record for awhile saying the agency should be headed by a pilot.
I loved the traditional way concern over such a nomination evolved,
Some senior lawmakers have questioned whether he’s qualified to run an agency with more than 45,000 employees and a budget of more than $16 billion.
In contrast I actually liked the idea, just to be able to say that air travel runs on Dunkin.
John Dunkin isn’t the person you’d pick if you were looking for the best possible bureaucratic managerial talent, or the person with the most experience, whose job it would be to develop and lead an agenda for the agency.
However he’s exactly the person you’d pick if you were looking for someone to take orders from Old Executive Office Building and represent them in front of the agency. In other words, he’s loyal to the administration and would do what he’s told. And there aren’t too many people not under special counsel investigation that are on that list.
The agency itself is staffed with professionals who would continue to do there job no matter who is named as administrator. Claims that such an appointment show ‘disregard for air safety’ are just silly, almost akin to Trump’s own claim that commercial planes don’t crash because of him.