The US Senate has appointed Stephen Dickson as FAA administrator.
The former Air Force pilot and Delta Air Lines executive was confirmed in a 52-40 vote yesterday which broke along party lines.
Dickson will take over from Daniel Elwell who has been standing in as acting administrator since January 2018.
According to a report from ABC News, Dickson spent 27 years at Delta, first as a pilot and later overseeing pilots as the senior vice president of flight operations until he retired last autumn.
The ABC report goes on to detail how President Donald Trump nominated him in March after publicly pondering the possibility of picking his personal pilot for the job.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Dickson’s experience made him “highly qualified to lead the FAA.