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Steve Dickson Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Education, Career, Appointment as FAA Head

Steve Dickson Appointed as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Head

Steve Dickson Bio, Wiki

Steve Dickson is a former Delta Airlines executive expected to be nominated by President Donald Trump as the new permanent head of the Federal Aviation Administration, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The FAA has not had a permanent as from January 2019 since former chief Michael Huerta stepped down. The agency is being led by acting head Dan Elwell, a former airline lobbyist, and pilot.

Dickson is a former Air Force fighter pilot who went on to become a commercial pilot for Delta, where he has worked for 27 years.

Dickson retired as the company’s senior vice president for flight operations in 2018.

Steve Dickson Appointment as FAA Head

The wall Street Journal Reports that President Donald Trump is expected to appoint Dickson as the new permanent head of the Federal Aviation Administration.The reported move comes as the FAA comes under increased scrutiny over their handling of issues surrounding Boeing’s 737 MAX plane before a second crash involving the jet in five months last week.

Steve Dickson Education

He also earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences from the United States Air Force Academy.

Steve Dickson Career

Dickson stepped down last fall as senior vice president of global flight operations after 27 years at Delta, was first reported to be Trump’s pick to head the FAA in November 2019. At Delta, Dickson oversaw more than 13,000 pilots and a support team of about 400 at the company’s Atlanta headquarters.

Dickson previously served as a pilot for the airline and has flown numerous models of Boeing and Airbus planes. Dickson began his flying career in the Air Force where he was an F-15 fighter pilot.

Dickson rose through the ranks to become an officer in the Air Force.

Steve Dickson Was the only Compromise Choice

Dickson was previously reported as Trump’s “leading compromise choice” to head the FAA after Senate Republicans balked at Trump’s plan to nominate his personal pilot the head the agency, according to Reuters.

Dickson is said to be at odds with Trump’s call to split Air Traffic Control from the FAA.

“The FAA has been trying to upgrade our nation’s air traffic control system for a long period of years,” Trump said in June of 2017. “But after billions and billions of tax dollars spent and the many years of delays, we are still stuck with an ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible system that doesn’t work.”

As a Delta executive, Dickson argued that it was imperative to keep air traffic control within the agency.

“It can certainly improve, but it’s not broken,” he told Politico at the time. “We set a bunch of operational records this year, and we would not have been able to do that if the air traffic control system were broken. Having said that, there are certainly opportunities to improve.”

“The best path to move forward is to continue to collaborate with the FAA under the existing structure — keep the FAA together as an entity,” he said, adding that “a lot easier from a process perspective to be dealing with one agency as we’re trying to put improvements into the system.”



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