No. 2 official takes over after FAA chief resigns

This handout provided by Fairfax County, Va. Sheriff's Office shows Randy Babbitt. Babbitt following his arrest for drunken driving in suburban Northern Virginia over the weekend. Babbitt says he will resign as head of the Federal Aviation Administration following his arrest over the weekend on charges of drunken driving. Babbitt said in a statement Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, that he didn't want to allow anything to "cast a shadow" on the work done by his colleagues at the FAA. (AP Photo/Fairfax County, Va. Sheriff's Office)

December 7, 2011 6:11:54 AM PST
The sudden resignation of its chief leaves the Federal Aviation Administration in the hands of Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta, who's a well-regarded manager but lacks his predecessor's insider knowledge of the nation's airlines.