Stephen M. Dickson has been sworn in by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th administrator of the FAA.
An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson assumes the role of administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation safety.
Recognising acting administrator Elwell’s service, Secretary Chao said: “I’m grateful for acting administrator Dan Elwell’s steady and principled leadership during an especially challenging time in the FAA’s history.”
As administrator, Dickson will lead an agency responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world, which operates more than 50,000 flights per day.
He will oversee a $16.4bn dollar budget, more than 47,000 employees, and focus on ensuring the agency and its employees are the best prepared and trained professionals to meet the growing demands and requirements of the industry.
Dickson commented: “I am honored to join the outstanding team at the Federal Aviation Administration and look forward to ensuring our aviation system maintains its proper place, leading the world in both safety and operational performance.”
Adding: “Nowhere else in the world sees the volume, complexity and pace of innovation that we have in America. Maintaining the highest levels of safety while adapting to technological advancements will be a key part of our success. I am honored to be able to help write the next chapter in the history of the FAA.”
FAA acting administrator Daniel K. Elwell will serve as FAA deputy administrator when Dickson assumes office.