New FAA chief sworn in with 737 MAX front and center

Aug. 13, 2019
Steve Dickson is officially the administrator of the FAA. His first big job: getting a handle on the grounded Boeing 737 MAX, writes Sam Mintz for Politico.

WASHINGTON - The agency has a Senate-confirmed administrator in place for the first time in more than a year and a half after Dickson, a retired Delta Air Lines executive, was sworn in on Monday. As our Brianna Gurciullo reports, Dan Elwell will be the FAA's second-in-command after acting as its head since Michael Huerta finished a five-year term in early 2018. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement that she was grateful for Elwell’s “steady and principled leadership during an especially challenging time in the FAA’s history," writes Sam Mintz for Politico.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

August 13, 2019-Former pilot and Delta Airlines executive Steve Dickson was sworn in as the head of the FAA on Monday after controversy emerged regarding a whistleblower retaliation claim made against Delta.

Today, Dickson will receive his first "formal update" on the Boeing 737 MAX situation, and noted that the beleaguered jet grounded after a pair of deadly crashes would not return to service until he's “completely assured that it is safe to do so.”

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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