President Joe Biden’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) nominee had a difficult time answering policy questions, prompting concerns regarding whether he’s capable of even handling the job.
Phil Washington was hammered with questions by Senator Ted Budd, R-N.C., over aviation policy and the results were less-than-impressive.
Phil Washington, Biden’s Nominee to lead the Federal Aviation Administration, goes 0-for-7 on an Aviation policy quiz by Sen. Ted Budd. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/lFA7LqunJo
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 3, 2023
“Mr. Washington, can you quickly tell me what airspace requires an ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast) transponder?” Budd asked.
“I’m not sure I can answer that right now,” Washington replied.
“That’s okay, we can just keep going. So, uhm, that’s a pretty important part,” Budd said.
Another question on the “six types of special use airspace” similarly tripped up the nominee.
“So what are the six types of special use airspace that protect this national security that appear on FAA charts?” Budd inquired.
“Uh, sorry senator I cannot answer that question,” Washinton admitted.
Budd asked a total of seven questions, none of which Washington was able to answer correctly or satisfactorily.
This didn’t escape the notice of Twitter users, many of whom are concerned that the nominee is yet another one of Biden’s failures.
The box checkers are putting the lives and safety of human beings at high risk and they just keep nominating them. From IDK what a woman is to I’m not a pilot ♀️
— Real Carolinagurl (@carolinagurl68) March 3, 2023
Wow! As a pilot (fixed wing, single, multi, instrument, commercial, working on commercial helicopter add-on) I am deeply concerned by this. Knowing that any private pilot understands the aeronautical world better than the head of the FAA, is a frightening thought.
— Eric Blackburn (@EBIalltheway) March 3, 2023
Wow, just wow. I’d like to think 70% at least for the position.
— Jeff Gonzales (@JeffLGonzales) March 3, 2023
And this is why I will no longer be flying
— Experience ND Oil Industry (@MT_ND_Gal) March 3, 2023
It used to be that the FAA was usually headed by a former head of the Naval Air Systems Command. Naval Aviator, Test Pilot School graduate. Maybe we need to give that a try.
— Mike OTDP (@Hammerli280) March 3, 2023
Think about this when boarding your next flight.
— She’d Whisper In My Ear….. (@PeterDeGiglio) March 3, 2023
Par for the course with Biden’s administration
— GT_Universal (@gt_universal) March 3, 2023
We can’t judge people on their knowledge of a subject
— Jared Allen (@UndrParDog) March 3, 2023
— heavyd (@daveakpac) March 3, 2023
As a pilot myself. This is extremely concerning and very basic questions
— BUZZLUCKYLOTTOS (@CustomKickz3) March 3, 2023
Good grief!! Has he ever even been a air traffic controller?!?!
— Jackie (@jmcbtx) March 3, 2023
This is terrifying.
— Polly (@CuriousPolly920) March 3, 2023
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