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