US President Bill Clinton faces having to replace a series of key aviation advisors during his second term, following top-level resignations in the transportation department.

Transportation Secretary Federico Peña and defence chief William Perry are among the cabinet members who have already informed Clinton of their planned departures. David Hinson has also resigned as head of the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Linda Daschle, Hinson's deputy, will serve as acting administrator up to 31 January, 1997. Monte Belger has been named acting deputy administrator. Potential replacements for Perry include John Deutch, director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Sam Nunn, former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Gerald Baliles, head of Clinton's aviation commission, could replace Peña.

Source: Flight International