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Dickson sworn in as FAA administratorDickson sworn in as FAA administrator

Former Delta Air Lines executive Stephen M. Dickson was sworn in as the eighteenth administrator of the FAA on Aug. 12.

Stephen Dickson (L) is sworn in as FAA administrator by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao (R) during a ceremony at the Department of Transportation Aug. 12, 2019, in Washington, DC. Dickson is a former commercial pilot and executive with Delta Air Lines. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

Dan Elwell, who was appointed as acting administrator in January 2018 following the departure of Michael Huerta, will now assume the role of Deputy Administrator.

“I am honored to join the outstanding team at the Federal Aviation Administration and look forward to ensuring our aviation system maintains its proper place, leading the world in both safety and operational performance,” said Dickson. “Nowhere else in the world sees the volume, complexity and pace of innovation that we have in America. Maintaining the highest levels of safety while adapting to technological advancements will be a key part of our success. I am honored to be able to help write the next chapter in the history of the FAA.”

AOPA President Mark Baker urged senators to quickly approve Dickson's nomination in May.

Along with the task of handling the aftermath of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding, Dickson’s priorities will be focused on safety, automation, and regulations concerning commercial space launch licensing.

Dickson will oversee our nation’s air traffic control system and the agency's 47,000 employees dedicated to ensuring our aviation system remains the safest and most efficient in the world.

Amelia Walsh

Communications Coordinator
AOPA Communications Coordinator Amelia Walsh joined AOPA in 2017. Named after the famous aviatrix, she comes from a family of pilots and is currently working on her pilot certificate.
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