Release #: 19.09
March 19, 2019

ALPA Statement on White House Intent to Nominate Next FAA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement after the White House announced today its intent to nominate Captain Steve Dickson as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration:

“ALPA congratulates Steve Dickson on his nomination to lead the safest and most complex aviation system in the world.

“Capt. Dickson’s extensive transportation experience would give him, if confirmed, a unique opportunity to enhance the safety of commercial aviation and we look forward to learning more about his vision on working collaboratively to protect and advance the safety of our national airspace. His nomination comes at a particularly critical time for the FAA, and it is our hope and expectation that the first of order business for him will be to reaffirm the agency’s steadfast commitment to safety.

“We would like to thank Dan Elwell for his work leading the agency while serving as Acting FAA Administrator since January 2018, including during the period of the government shutdown.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 61,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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