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Wed, May 15, 2019

Senate Commerce Committee Chair Wicker Meets With FAA Administrator Nominee

First Hearing On Stephen Dickson's Nomination To Be Held Wednesday Morning

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-MS, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, met with President Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the FAA, Stephen M. Dickson in advance of his first confirmation hearing before the committee Wednesday.

“President Trump selected Stephen Dickson to lead the FAA because of his experience and impressive qualifications,” said Wicker. “As a veteran F-15 Flight Commander in the U.S. Air Force and a retired airline pilot, he has a deep understanding of the aviation industry. During his years heading up operations for one of the leading airlines, he has demonstrated his ability to manage complex organizations and personnel."

"During our conversation, Mr. Dickson committed to work with me and Congress to ensure that aviation safety is always the priority mission of the agency. I look forward to working with him as he advances through the confirmation process in the Senate.”

“On the eve of Steve Dickson’s Senate Commerce Committee confirmation hearing, the general aviation manufacturing and maintenance companies that GAMA represents strongly support the nomination of him to serve as the next leader of the FAA," said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce in a statement released to the media Tuesday.

“I have known Steve for more than 40 years and am deeply familiar with his demonstrative leadership in aviation, both as an Air Force fighter pilot and as a senior executive at Delta Airlines. GAMA members also deeply value the contributions Steve has made to advancing air traffic modernization through his roles as chairman of the NextGen Implementation Task Force and as industry co-chair of the RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee Working Subcommittee.”

The Commerce Committee exercises jurisdiction over the FAA. The committee will hold a hearing on the Dickson's nomination on May 15, 2019 at 10:00 am ET in G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The committee webcasts its hearings on its website.

If the nomination is approved by the committee, it will be forwarded on to the full Senate for consideration.

(Image provided with Senate Commerce Committee news release)

FMI: www.commerce.senate.gov

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