Stephen Dickson became the 18th FAA administrator on August 12, 2019, as sworn in by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The ceremony took place in the West Atrium of the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.
“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,” said Dickson, in a press release from the FAA. “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.”
In the process of accepting the new position officially, Dickson credited acting administrator Dan Elwell for his service during a challenging time for the agency. Elwell will take on the role of FAA Deputy Administrator moving forward. Dickson retired from Delta Air Lines, where his last position was senior vice president of flight operations.