nbaa welcomes senate confirmation of steve dickson as faa administrator

July 24, 2019

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Senate approval of Steve Dickson’s nomination as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“NBAA has had a close working relationship with Steve for many years, and we’re confident he’s the right man for the job,” Bolen said. “Having a permanent Administrator at the FAA is key to ensuring the continued advancement of important work being done on aviation-system modernization, equipment certification, workforce development, safety and other top priorities.”

In conjunction with Dickson’s nomination, Bolen sent a May 14, 2019 letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation commending his selection by the White House for FAA Administrator, which was officially announced March 19. “The more than 45,000 FAA employees who work tirelessly to operate a safe and efficient aviation system deserve a leader with the proven management experience that Steve Dickson would bring each day,” the letter states.

Read Bolen’s letter regarding Dickson’s nomination.

Dickson also has leadership experience on Federal Advisory Committees, providing him with a comprehensive understanding of the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. He served as chair of a task force that made key recommendations to advance ATC modernization goals while creating a business case for investing in NextGen technologies. This work led to formation of the NextGen Advisory Committee, which Dickson served on until his retirement from Delta.

Dickson is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The FAA has been overseen by FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell since January 2018. Bolen praised Elwell’s leadership and professionalism during the transition period.