Reagan FAA chief J. Lynn Helms dies

Former President Reagan's chief of the Federal Aviation Administration has died, according to reports.

The New York Times and The Washington Post are reporting that J. Lynn Helms, who was FAA Administrator from when Reagan famously fired striking air traffic control workers, passed away this week at 86 years old. Helms was at the top of the FAA from April 22, 1981, to Jan. 31, 1984.

The agency is currently in the midst of another controversial period. Former chief Randy Babbitt resigned earlier this month after being arrested for drunk driving. Babbitt, who was appointed by President Obama to head the agency in 2009, has been replaced by former Deputy FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

The agency did not have a comment on Helms passing.