Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen (center) visits Archer Aviation at its Palo Alto, California headquarters on January 31 with Archer CEO Adam Goldstein (left) and COO Tom Muniz. Nolen also visited Archer rival Joby Aviation.
Acting FAA Administrator Nolen in advanced talks to join Archer
Billy Nolen, who remains atop the FAA, announced in April he would depart the U.S. aviation regulator, but had not shared his future plans.
Outgoing Federal Aviation Administration administrator Billy Nolen is in advanced talks to join electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft aspirant Archer Aviation following his upcoming departure from the U.S. aviation regulator, according to threepeople familiar with the discussions.
Nolen announced in April that he was leaving the FAA this summer, but had not announced his next posting and has remained atop the aviation regulator. The acting administrator’s planned move to Archer comes as a cadre of advanced air mobility companies are navigating an uncertain regulatory environment that has yet to firm up clear rules and regulations for next-generation flying vehicles.
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