‘Terrifying’: Biden’s FAA nominee 0-for-7 on senator’s aviation policy quiz

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.


“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.


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