The Senate has confirmed Stephen Dickson, a former senior vice president of flight operations at Delta Air Lines, as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration following a 52 to 40 vote, Reuters reported Thursday. Dickson will succeed Dan Elwell, who served as the FAA’s acting administrator since 2018.
Prior to Delta Air, Dickson performed missions aboard the B727, B737, B757, B767 and F-15 aircraft systems as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Apart from his confirmation, President Trump also nominated Dickson to chair DOT’s air traffic services committee in March.
“With decades of experience in the airline industry overseeing flight operations, and service to our country as a United States Air Force officer, Captain Dickson is highly qualified to lead the FAA,” said Elaine Chao, secretary at the Department of Transportation.