Trump Wants His Personal Pilot to Oversee All Civil Aviation

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On the short list to head the Federal Aviation Administration is none other than President Donald Trump’s longtime personal pilot, Axios reported Sunday evening, and has apparently already interviewed for the position.


A White House spokesperson told Axios that the pilot, John Dunkin, isn’t “just” a pilot—he’s “managed airline and corporate flight departments, certified airlines from start-up under FAA regulations, and oversaw the Trump presidential campaign’s air fleet.” Dunkin has reportedly promised Trump that, if a pilot were to actually run the FAA, flights wouldn’t get delayed on the tarmac as frequently.

From Axios:

One industry insider equated this to the Seinfeld episode when Cosmo Kramer used his golf caddy as a jury consultant. A senior administration official told me that comparison is completely unfair. The source confirmed Trump recommended Dunkin and that he’s sat for an interview for the post. That source said he was impressive.

“He’s on the list because he’s the president’s pilot, but if he gets the job it won’t be because he’s the president’s pilot,” the source said.


Duncan flew Trump around the country during his presidential campaign. Among the glowing praise he’s received from the president includes the generous: “my pilot, he’s a smart guy, and he knows what’s going on.”

Night Editor, Splinter

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