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Steve Dickson set to appear before Senate committeeSteve Dickson set to appear before Senate committee

A Senate committee is scheduled to consider former Delta Air Lines executive Steve Dickson’s nomination as FAA administrator on May 15. The White House nominated Dickson almost two months ago.

Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines

In a May 10 letter to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), AOPA President Mark Baker expressed his support for Dickson’s nomination.

“Working alongside Steve on the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee, I have seen firsthand how he effectively engages with a diverse group of stakeholders on issues as complex as Air Traffic Control modernization. More importantly, his commitment to safety is second to none.”

In Dickson’s responses to a questionnaire from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, he listed multiple op-eds in which he spoke out against ATC privatization, an issue AOPA fought hard against and ultimately defeated last year.

When asked what the top three challenges facing the agency were, Dickson answered safety, NextGen implementation, and innovation. Should he be confirmed by the Senate, Dickson would serve a five-year term.

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.
Topics: Advocacy, Aviation Industry

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