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FAA administrator Steve Dixon is stepping down

Federal Aviation Administrator Steve Dixon has announced his resignation. As the man who led the agency through two of the worst crises in history, following the 737 MAX crash and then COVID, its sudden exit in the middle of its term probably shocked administration offices.

Dixon’s resignation takes effect on March 31, giving the FAA just over a month to secure a replacement. Because the work is so high-ranking, it is possible that one of the team members will be temporarily promoted until a permanent manager is found. In an email to the staff who saw Wall Street JournalDixon spoke of the hardships he felt in separating from his family,

“Over the last few years, my family has been a source of great support, strength and support. However, after sometimes long and inevitable periods of separation from my loved ones during the pandemic, it is time to devote all my time and attention as I wrote in my letter to the President Biden, it’s time to go home. ”

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Mr. Dixon came to the FAA after an excellent career in aircraft piloting and working as a supervisor at Delta Air Lines. Photo: Getty Images

Dixon has been living in Washington since he was nominated by President Trump in August 2019. His family lives in Georgia. He continued,

“Although I have a heavy heart, I am extremely proud of everything we have achieved together over the last few years. The agency is in a better position than two years ago and we look forward to great success. Serving with you has been the pride of your life. ”

Legacy of achievements

During his relatively short tenure as FAA head, Dixon has dealt with some of the most challenging developments any administrator has faced. The former Delta Air Lines captain and head of flight operations took the helm from Dennis Mullenberg after the former administrator was fired for problems with handling the 737 MAX crisis.

Dixon worked with Boeing to return the type to service, and despite pressure to certify the aircraft in a timely manner, he remained steadfast that it will not be raised until every “t” is crossed out and the “i” point is placed. As certification approaches, Dixon himself performed one of the test flightsensuring his unwavering confidence that the plane was indeed safe.


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The FAA administrator operated the 737 MAX aircraft as part of his return to service. Photo: Getty Images

After successfully watching the return of the types in late 2020 it was supposed to be relatively easy for the FAA boss, but in 2020 there were other ideas. For the past two years, he has led the industry through the worst crisis in its history – COVID.

Amid an unprecedented downturn in air travel around the world, the FAA has faced a new threat at home. 2021 was the worst year in history unruly airline passengers, by the end of this year the FAA had recorded 5,981 reports of misconduct. About three-quarters of these incidents were related to mask demands.

Most recently, Dixon has been criticized for the FAA’s handling of it Implementing 5G in the United States. The disputes were kept with the 11-hour agreement suspend deployment near some airports.

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Administrator Dixon has achieved a lot during his relatively short tenure. Photo: FAA

Although Steve Dixon has only served half of his term in the FAA, everyone can agree that in his short time as chief he has faced more than most in his entire term. Transport Minister Pete Butigig summed it up by saying:

“Steve was a permanent and qualified FAA captain, and his stay was marked by the unwavering commitment of the FAA Security Mission and the 45,000 staff who work tirelessly every day to fulfill it. We are grateful for his many years of service to our country and for his lifelong commitment to making our aviation system the best and safest in the world. ”


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