NEWSCLIP-2001-10-01: Sabatini Named FAA Associate Administrator for Regulation and Certification

For Immediate Release

FAA Press Release No. APA 67-01
October 10, 2001
Contact: Alison Duquette
Phone: 202-267-3462


WASHINGTON, DC — Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Jane F. Garvey has appointed Nicholas A. Sabatini as associate administrator for regulation and certification, effective Oct. 15. Sabatini replaces Thomas E. McSweeny, who is retiring from the FAA at the end of October.

Sabatini, 65, will be responsible for the certification, production approval, and continued airworthiness of aircraft; certification of pilots, mechanics, and others in safety-related positions; certification of all operational and maintenance enterprises in domestic civil aviation; development of regulations; civil flight operations; and the certification and safety oversight of some 7,300 U.S. commercial airlines and air operators. He will oversee a work force of approximately 6,000 employees in the FAA’s Washington Headquarters, nine regional offices, and more than 125 field offices throughout the world. The FAA’s annual regulation and certification budget is more than $700 million.

“Nick Sabatini is a respected, proven leader,” said Garvey. “His outstanding management skills and extensive aviation safety experience will be a great benefit to the American public.”

Sabatini is currently the director of the FAA’s Flight Standards Service. From 1990 until May 2001, he was manager of the Flight Standards Division for the FAA’s Eastern Region. From 1979 to 1990, he served in a variety of aviation operations and management positions in the agency’s Eastern Region, as a principal operations inspector, aviation safety inspector, manager of the Flight Standards Division Operations Branch, and assistant manager of the Flight Standards Division.

Prior to joining the FAA in 1979, Sabatini was a pilot for the U.S. Customs Service in New York. From 1958 to 1976, he was a police officer and helicopter pilot for the New York City Police Department. Sabatini served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.

Sabatini holds an airline transport pilot certificate and the following ratings: airplane multi-engine land, rotorcraft-helicopter, DC-9, CE-500, BH206, EMB110, commercial privileges, airplane single-engine land, as well as flight and ground instructor certificates.

Sabatini attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Kellogg School, Northwestern University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Sabatini and his wife Ginny reside in Alexandria, Va.

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