Tom Ford, Tom Ford to become aviator chair in US
The aviator has had his seat on the cockpit since the late 1960s and is the only person to hold the position for more than 40 years.
Tom Ford will become chair of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in January after being confirmed by the Senate.
He will also become head of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Tom Ford is expected to succeed John Walsh as chairman of the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAAA) in the US Senate, Reuters news agency reported.
“This is a historic moment for aviation, our economy, and the world.
This is a chance for Tom to be a leader for the aviation industry,” President Donald Trump said in a statement.
Mr Walsh was confirmed by a voice vote in January to become the new head of NTSB.
The Senate is expected later this month to approve the nomination, and Mr Trump has promised to nominate Mr Ford for the position.