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FAA chief Steve Dickson announces resignation midway through term


Stephen Dickson, administrator of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) nominee, speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation confirmation hearing in Washington D.C., May 15, 2019.

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Federal Aviation Administrator Steve Dickson led the agency following the death of two people. BoeingOn Wednesday, the 737 Max was involved in a crash, and it was resigned effective March 31st.

Dickson announced his resignation halfway through the five-year period. Dickson emailed staff to say that after long periods of being separated from his family it was now time for him to give all my attention and time to them.

He stated that he had written in a letter to President Biden “It is time for me to go home.” Dickson has lived in Washington D.C., while his family lives in Georgia.

His words were: “Although I feel heavy inside, my heart is filled with pride at all that we accomplished in the past few years.” The agency is now in a much better position than it was just two years ago and has the potential for tremendous success. This has been the honor of my life to work alongside you.

Donald Trump named Dickson, a Delta Air Lines pilot and executive, as the new president, days following the fatal second crash of Boeing’s 737 Max jetliners. 246 people were killed in the two crashes, and the FAA which had certified them to fly was forced into crisis.