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.
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.
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.