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FAA Administrator Dickson Resigns

February 17, 2022 – FAA Administrator Steve Dickson announced his resignation on Wednesday, saying he will be leaving the agency at the end of March, midway through his five-year term. The Department of Transportation and the White House will work to name a successor.

“As I wrote in my letter to President Biden, it is time to go home,” Dickson said in an email to FAA staff, as he cited separation from his family in Georgia as a major factor in his decision. “Although my heart is heavy, I am tremendously proud of everything we have accomplished together over the past several years. The agency is in a better place than it was two years ago, and we are positioned for great success. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve alongside you.”

Dickson visited EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as recently as last summer, where he spoke during the “Meet The Administrator” session on the progress regarding the MOSAIC initiative intended to bring significant advancements for homebuilt and light-sport aircraft.

“We thank Administrator Dickson for his service and dedication to the FAA as well as his attention to general aviation issues that affect a large percentage of our nation’s aviation community,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board. “We look forward to continuing our fruitful working relationship with the agency, its leadership, and its many hard-working professionals.”

Dickson led the FAA through a particularly challenging period that included the 737 MAX certification review, the complexities of COVID-19 impacts on operations of the NAS, and addressing radar altimeter interference from 5G signals, to name a few.

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