FAA Administrator Steve Dixon’s scheduled March 31 departure is due to the fact that much of the agency’s management team has changed over the past year. His departure from the FAA is just one of several. Since last year, the agency has gotten a new deputy administrator (Bradley Mims), deputy administrator for airports (Shanet Griffin), deputy administrator for aviation security (Billy Nolen) and chief legal counsel (Mark Nichols). Also at the end of the month, FAA Director General Terry Bristol is retiring. But for business and general aviation Dixon leaves a “sustainable legacy” in running the agency in difficult times.
Dixon told his staff on Wednesday that he was retiring on March 31, which comes just in the middle of the FAA’s confirmed five-year term.
“Our country is extremely fortunate that Steve Dixon was an FAA administrator during one of the most challenging periods in the agency’s history,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bohlen, adding that “his leadership, honesty, experience and expertise is a profound difference when our country needed it the most. “
Bohlen praised Dixon’s role in developing SFAR 118 to help the industry continue to operate during the pandemic, and for his decision to personally fly to Max to demonstrate his safety before he would return to service. In addition, the NBAA recognized his involvement in the industry by participating in the association’s two town halls, as well as in the National Security Forum and Career Days in Business Aviation.
Pete Bans, president and CEO of the Aviation Manufacturers Association, further called Dixon a “strong and effective leader” and said his work had “enhanced the agency’s resilience and credibility and built a stronger future for security, innovation, sustainability and growth.”
“Administrator Dixon ensured stability during his time at the FAA,” said HAI President and CEO James Viola, noting his “strong aviation support” on 5G interference for radio altimeters. “American skies remain the safest in the world because of its leadership and commitment to aviation security on all platforms.”
Others described Dixon’s joint approach: Mark Baker, president and CEO of the Association of Aircraft Owners and Pilots, spoke about the administrator’s work with the association on important security initiatives and said: role in the FAA and together in the NextGen Advisory Committee. Steve was fully committed to the FAA’s mission. “
Dixon advanced the security cause and was a member of the industry, agreed NATO President and CEO Timothy Obits. While Obits said Dixon would be missing, he added that his “commitment to continuous security improvement, commitment to industry cooperation and ability to build trust among consumers and society will serve the agency for years to come.”
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