Senate Commerce Committee Advances FAA Administrator Nominee

By Jesse Sokolow on 10 July 2019
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Old Senate chamber in the Capitol

Old Senate chamber in the Capitol

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Steve Dickson for the position of administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday.

Dickson retired as an executive at Delta Air Lines last fall after 27 years with the company. He started his career there as a pilot and rose to senior vice president of flight operations.

His nomination was approved in a party-line vote of 14-12. His appointment requires full Senate approval.

Democrats voiced concern over his involvement in a whistleblower case at Delta while he was an executive there. The case involved complaints made by a Delta pilot who said the airline retaliated against her after she voiced concerns about safety.

The airline industry came out in favor of Dickson’s nomination.

“We continue to believe that Steve Dickson is uniquely qualified to provide the vision, leadership and experience needed to meet the challenges and significant opportunities ahead for the FAA,” said Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, a trade association that represents major U.S. airlines.

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