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NATE Welcomes Senate Commerce Committee Advancing FAA Administrator Nomination of Michael Whitaker

Posted on: October 18, 2023 Category: Legislative & Regulatory

For Immediate Release:
October 18, 2023

(Washington, D.C.) – NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation voted to advance the nomination of Michael Whitaker to be the next Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration during an executive session.

“NATE welcomes today’s news advancing Michael Whitaker’s nomination through the committee process,” said President & CEO Todd Schlekeway. “NATE collaborates with the FAA closely on issues ranging from agency tower site review timelines, tower site obstruction lighting and marking requirements, the advancement of commercial drone utilization, and member contractor onboarding processes for companies who do work with the agency. The Association encourages the full U.S. Senate to vote on Mr. Whitaker’s nomination promptly to fill this current void in leadership at the agency,” added Schlekeway.

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About NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association

NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association is a non-profit trade association dedicated to providing a unified voice for companies in the diverse tower and communications infrastructure industries. It is recognized as the tower industry leader in promoting safety, standards, and education. Today, the Association boasts approximately 1,000 member companies (mostly small businesses) that construct, service or maintain hundreds of thousands of communications towers and next generation networks throughout the United States and 12 other countries.

Contact: Todd Schlekeway
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