New FAA chief sworn in with 737 MAX front and center
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.Continue reading original article
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.”
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor