The U.S. Transportation Department announced on Jan. 5 that Dan Elwell had been named acting FAA administrator, a step up from his job as deputy administrator. That same day, Elwell completed his second-in-command certification on the Cessna Citation 560XL business jet.  The new type rating was another feather in the cap for Elwell, 58, who is already an accomplished former military and commercial pilot with 7,500 hr. of combined flight time. But staying current as a pilot could play ...

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