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The White House says President Trump will appoint Stephen Dickson, a former executive and pilot at Delta Airlines, to head the Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA has been criticized for failing to quickly conquer the Boeing 737 Max in a short time The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft earlier this month, the second deadly crash of the Boeing aircraft in recent months. The FAA grounded the aircraft only after it was done by other nations.
Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell told the NPR Morning Edition that the agency is waiting for the data to be a "common thread" between the two crashes before grounding the aircraft.
The FAA had no permanent administrator since Michael Huerta, an Obama holdover, resigned in early 2018. Elwell acted in the meantime as a deputy administrator. 19659009] According to a White House statement, Dickson recently retired as Senior Vice President of Flight Operations at Delta, where he was "responsible for the safety and operational performance of Delta's global operation and pilot training."
There were reports that pilots were annoyed at Boeing's lack of training in the new aircraft and the criticism that the agency had become too chummy with the company. 19659009] With the election of Dickson as head of the agency, the White House has nominated a former pilot who flew during his career at Delta including the 737 Boeing jets and who "is a strong proponent of commercial air safety and enhancement of our national aircraft" Call Airspace System, having served as chairman of various industry interest groups and federal advisory boards. "
The nomination was announced after the Inspector General of FAA had initiated an investigation of the agency's decision to certify the 737 Max, the first time in the Wall Street Journal [19659017TransportMinisterElaineChaoconfirmedtheauditonTuesdayandsaid"SafetyisthetoppriorityofthedepartmentandweareallsaddenedbythefatalitiesresultingfromtherecenttwoBoeing737-MAX8accidentsinIndonesiaandEthiopiasurrender"